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Report: NFL to adopt penalty for on-field racial slurs

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08:30 AM ET 02.22 | John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league's competition committee to enact a rule at the owner's meeting next month making it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, with a second infraction meriting an ejection. Wooten spoke about his desire to eradicate the word completely from NFL workplaces at the Fritz Pollard event during the combine, wanting it to be fineable and policed throughout team facilities, and received a standing ovation according to those in attendance. Wooten said he will continue being vigilant about this with the NFL office and Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we're trying to do," Wooten said. "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."

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February 22, 2014  09:01 AM ET

How about someone being called ****?

February 22, 2014  09:02 AM ET

White T r a s h.

February 22, 2014  09:05 AM ET

I thought they already had a penalty for it. Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

February 22, 2014  09:05 AM ET

Ummm, will ALL players, regardless of ethnicity, be subject to said fines?

February 22, 2014  09:05 AM ET

Well this is just about the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

While good intentioned, as most of these types of ideas start out, it will turn into a joke on the field. Does a player get a 15 yard penalty for shouting out "F-off, n-word"? You see where this is going.

February 22, 2014  09:06 AM ET

I meant penalty.

February 22, 2014  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well this is just about the stupidest thing I've ever heard.While good intentioned, as most of these types of ideas start out, it will turn into a joke on the field. Does a player get a 15 yard penalty for shouting out "F-off, n-word"? You see where this is going.

What about racial slurs the other way? Are these perfectly OK?

Stupid is to the bone I guess.

February 22, 2014  09:21 AM ET

And they better start using "Please" and "Thank you" and "I'm sorry" and "Excuse me" too.

February 22, 2014  09:22 AM ET

The refs botched enough calls last year. Let's not grant them additional responsibilities.

February 22, 2014  09:27 AM ET
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What about racial slurs the other way? Are these perfectly OK?Stupid is to the bone I guess.

So stupid it's comical.





The Redskins will have to forfeit every game after the second snap.

February 22, 2014  09:28 AM ET
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The refs botched enough calls last year. Let's not grant them additional responsibilities.

This^^

February 22, 2014  09:39 AM ET

Another bit of stupidity to add to Choirboy's long list. Only ones who care at all is the media.

February 22, 2014  09:45 AM ET

OK, so how is this gonna play out? At the end of the play you hear get off me N, what does the ref do, dig down in the pile till he finds a white guy and call him in the penalty ?

February 22, 2014  09:51 AM ET

I can just picture the behind closed doors meeting of the clown college with the head clown saying, anybody who disagrees must be a racist`!!!!

February 22, 2014  09:54 AM ET

Enwerds often act like enwerds, so you gotta call them something.

February 22, 2014  09:56 AM ET

Enwerds often act like enwerds. That's why they got called that to begin with.

Well, you gotta call them something. "Canadians" has gotten some action of late. Worth giving a try.

February 22, 2014  10:04 AM ET

The Dolphins: 1st and 10, 1st and 25, 1st and 40....

February 22, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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The Dolphins: 1st and 10, 1st and 25, 1st and 40....

LOL.

February 22, 2014  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The Dolphins: 1st and 10, 1st and 25, 1st and 40....

Nice!!!!!

 
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