Posted February 23, 2014

Report: NFL to penalize use of racial slur

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Ozzie Newsome (left) is the general manager of the Ravens. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Ozzie Newsome (left) is currently the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The NFL may soon be cracking down on the use of the N-word, at least on the field.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed the league’s competition committee, of which he is a member, discussed a proposal to rule an automatic 15-yard penalty for first-time offenders and an ejection for second infractions, according to an ESPN report.

John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works with the NFL to promote a more diverse work force, anticipates the NFL will enact the rule at the owners’ meeting next month.

Said Newsome: “We did talk about it, I’m sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard [Alliance] came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field. So we did discuss it over the last three days.”

Newsome also said the committee discussed other slurs for the possible rule, including homophobic ones.

“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do,” Wooten said, according to CBSSports.com. “We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room.

“Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere.”

The competition committee will officially agree to the rule before presenting it to the owners, Wooten said. The committee meets in Naples, Fla., next week and the owners’ meetings are in March.

“I think they’re going to do what needs to be done here,” Wooten said. “There is too much disrespect in the game.”

Said Newsome: “With any rule that we put into play we have to look at it from A to Z and find out any unintended consequences as much as the consequences. So, as it was stated in our meeting, there are mics everywhere, so if something has been said it’s probably going to be captured somewhere. So there will be an opportunity to get it verified if we have to.”

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20 comments
Matthew W
Matthew W

Holy ****!


Penalizing the use of the word "n***a"? 


Might as well print the NFL obituary as the league is as good as dead now.

ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

This is ridiculous.  Just ban the league.  This is just getting out of hand

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Good plan by Cmte, we’ll see what players say.  And while you’re at it, NFL, try to get a message to DeMaurice (NFLPA) about HGH / blood testing.  We won’t forget.


From reading comments it’s clear the anti-Redskins contingent see much irony in this proposal.  I wouldn’t call this, that, but if you weren’t calling for change before Nike® signed the NFL uniform / logo deal (‘12), which coincides with the hubbub, your protest has a hallow, insincere ring.  Where were ya’ in 2011?  Apparently with the majority of America, including most Indian nations, and just fine with Washington Redskins.

brians356
brians356

Can't we all just get along?

parkbrav
parkbrav

if called during the game, what will the referees refer to it as? taunting?

rdrzymala
rdrzymala

What kind of world is this where you can't say certain words in a huddle but it's still OK to fart in a huddle? Words can't hurt you, but farts can damn near kill you.

MadDoser
MadDoser

I hope it goes in reverse....   (Honky, Cracker, White Trash).   

therantguy
therantguy

Wait...so N***** is bad but "Redskin" is ok? LOL I love the NFL sometimes (hint: both are bad)

RogerBridges
RogerBridges

So you can use the Lords name in vain,call someones mother a bi--- talk about someones family but under no circumstance can you use a word that maybe derogatory for some skin colors. Sounds about right to me in todays insane society

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Wise choice. And, Fifilo, very well said. This is a step toward forcing a name change for that team. Oh, and to head off the attacks on Michael Sam as well. 

Fifilo
Fifilo

So would the Redskins receive 53 15 yard penalties when the team takes the field?

PWINGS
PWINGS

@parkbrav   Possibly or more likely "unsportsmanlike conduct". That way they wouldn't have to specify that the "n" word was even used. IMO

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@therantguy If both are bad, why did you have to hide only one of them when you wrote  your post?

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@RobertJacke Just a guess, but you would probably be extremely happy if the NFL eliminated all team names, tackling, and talking on the field.

MadDoser
MadDoser

@RobertJacke  Penalty for using words on the field?!?! This is getting crazy and I don't know where they are going to draw the line.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Rickapolis The name is Redskins.   You don't have to be afraid to type it. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Fifilo In the politically correct paradise that you goofs are attempting to engineer it certainly would happen.   And it would undoubtedly send a tingle down your leg.