After years of this being a prevalent topic in society, this discussion continues to make me uncomfortable. More accurately, as a black man, it makes me sad and this news takes the cake. The NFL is reportedly planning on penalizing teams and players for use of a particular racial slur. You know the one.
This will come in the form of a 15-yard penalty or ejection according to ESPN and CBS Sports. No matter the intended use of the word, the penalty may come.
It is sad that the word has to be policed. To me, this is akin to police spot-checking drivers for not wearing their seat belts and giving them tickets, given the fact that seat belts are intended to aid you. Here, it’s a word certain guys shouldn’t use because of the damning nature of its origin, and they’ll be penalized for using it. My point: guys should know better. And to make matters worse, look at where this has to be enacted.
It is embarrassing, but I digress. So, what is the call on the field going to sound like? I will forever cringe watching NFL games from this point on.
John Wooten (a black man) of the Fritz Pollard Alliance is behind this push:
Wooten, who previously has urged all players to stop using the [word], thinks the NFL will rule an automatic 15-yard penalty for first-time offenders and an ejection for second infractions.
“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.”
Wooten thinks the competition committee will officially agree to the rule next month before presenting it to the owners.
“I think they’re going to do what needs to be done here,” he said. “There is too much disrespect in the game.”