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The NFL Might Ban the Use of the N-Word on the Field
New York Magazine ^ | 2/23 | Delia Paunescu

Posted on 02/23/2014 11:39:07 AM PST by nickcarraway

The NFL's competition committee is expected to enact a rule at their March owners meeting that would penalize players fifteen yards if they use the n-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the league, told ESPN that he thinks the automatic fifteen-yard penalty should apply to first-time offenders, while second infractions should be punished with ejection. "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."

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who serves on the league's competition committee said, "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 over the last three days."

Under the possible new rule, homophobic slurs might also be outlawed because, as Wooten reiterated, "there is too much disrespect in the game."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports
KEYWORDS: athletes; football; nfl; nword; slur; slurs; speechcodes

1 posted on 02/23/2014 11:39:07 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A penalty is a ‘ban’? LOL


2 posted on 02/23/2014 11:41:21 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: nickcarraway

this will doubtless accelerate the use of other terms of endearment such as “Yo Mama”


3 posted on 02/23/2014 11:42:14 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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To: nickcarraway

Will that ban extend to the black-on-black n-word that ends with “a” instead of “er”?


4 posted on 02/23/2014 11:42:19 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: nickcarraway

Anecdotal evidence is that Negroes call other Negroes by that epithet. The term has fallen into disuse and shame by others. What’s up with this? Will a Negro player calling another Negro player by that epithet be fined?


5 posted on 02/23/2014 11:42:22 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego (TH)
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To: nickcarraway

This is going to be interesting. Blacks are getting blasted and censored by their own political agenda by allowing the gay faction to equate their situation with civil rights. Are the racial slurs directed at whites included?


6 posted on 02/23/2014 11:43:40 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: nickcarraway

So. I’m guessing the NFL is singling out the black players here? They’re the only ones that would be using that word.


7 posted on 02/23/2014 11:44:08 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: nickcarraway

What if a player says the politically correct thing and use the phrase...”You Dirty N-word”.

Do you think that would be acceptable on the field as it is everywhere else?


8 posted on 02/23/2014 11:44:29 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I dunno. Never heard white guys call each other “how’s it going honkey?”


9 posted on 02/23/2014 11:44:40 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: nickcarraway

But “honkey”, “whitey” and “cracker” are still encouraged! Who polices this? How do you prove it? What if I’m misunderstood because I said “bigger”, “liquor”, “sicker”, “chigger”?

Now that we’ve abolished this word, what word is next? Seattle banned the words “brown bag” and “citizen” so those are next I guess.


10 posted on 02/23/2014 11:48:42 AM PST by albie
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To: nickcarraway

“Under the possible new rule, homophobic slurs might also be outlawed because, as Wooten reiterated, “there is too much disrespect in the game.””

We are reaching a point to where speech will be monitored in the public square and even on the job and now with a heavy 15 yard penalty.

It is not fair to the players who must give up protected speech simply when they go to work on a Sunday afternoon.

Once some rule such as this is introduced in the NFL such rules will soon come to other people’s workplace.


11 posted on 02/23/2014 11:48:44 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: nickcarraway

This is going to add even more hilarity to what the NFL has already become. Every time a Washington player shouts, “Let’s go Redskins”, they’re going to be penalized 15 yards! They’re going to have to apply the penalties during each following set of downs. LOL! Polish up your pink cleats and pass the popcorn. This is going to be a hoot!


12 posted on 02/23/2014 11:54:14 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Communism kills!!!)
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To: nickcarraway
What about the 'O' word?

I'm pretty sick of hearing Omaha.

13 posted on 02/23/2014 11:59:09 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: nickcarraway
That's ignorant.


14 posted on 02/23/2014 12:05:05 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: nickcarraway

One would think that the ban on unsportsmanlike conduct would cover the use of such language.


15 posted on 02/23/2014 12:05:18 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: nickcarraway

This should be fun. A player is penalized for speech. The opposing coach throws the red flag, it goes to the monitor/lip readers. Referees are already working on a visual code for “illegal use of the n-word.”

With Michael Sam’s debut, will yet another penalty be linked to the f-word? Will there be no end?


16 posted on 02/23/2014 12:05:36 PM PST by DPMD
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To: DPMD
Referees are already working on a visual code for “illegal use of the n-word.”

Any guesses how long it'll take before that referee "visual code" starts being used in the streets? How long after that will use of the "visual code" be considered an offensive gesture?

17 posted on 02/23/2014 12:14:49 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: nickcarraway

I remember Aisha Tyler claiming it was OK for blacks to use that word, but not whites.

Lost all respect for her instantly. She’s just another “for me, but not for thee” racist. I don’t care who she married.


18 posted on 02/23/2014 12:15:03 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; GeronL
Naugahyde?


19 posted on 02/23/2014 12:32:14 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: nickcarraway

Soon to be followed by “homo”...


20 posted on 02/23/2014 12:32:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Will a Negro player calling another Negro player by that epithet be fined?

No, academics have said that black people can't be racist.

21 posted on 02/23/2014 12:33:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

I wonder if the Nauga dolls sold well?


22 posted on 02/23/2014 12:35:02 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Nauga dolls for sale

https://www.google.com/#q=nauga+doll&tbm=shop

craZy prices... lots more than retail


23 posted on 02/23/2014 12:38:46 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

I don’t know.

Ask Google, What’s Up Nauga?


24 posted on 02/23/2014 12:39:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: nickcarraway
Of course they'll do the same things to the players that say "effing cracka pansy ass".......

*rolls eyes*

25 posted on 02/23/2014 12:41:56 PM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: nickcarraway

Yet punching out your girlfriend is apparently okay to them.


26 posted on 02/23/2014 12:43:38 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: nickcarraway
yo, you a f'ing nigga….. yo mama's a nigga ho….you don't even know who yo daddy is, you stooped niggga. I'ma gonna f you up nigga

since the above is using the rachel jenteal approved version of the work, I don't think it should be removed by the moderator
27 posted on 02/23/2014 12:52:17 PM PST by jrg
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To: albie

Would you call a chigger a chigro?


28 posted on 02/23/2014 12:54:58 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: nickcarraway

What would be the refs’ hand-signal for this infraction? I’m having trouble thinking of one.


29 posted on 02/23/2014 1:05:33 PM PST by Mr. Dough (Who was the greater military man, General Tso or Col. Sanders?)
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To: Mr. Dough

Not sure about the signal but the refs will use a black flag with a picture of Caliph Baraq in addition to the yellow one.


30 posted on 02/23/2014 1:08:00 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nickcarraway

So after they kick out about a dozen black players and the NAACP threatens to sue then what?


31 posted on 02/23/2014 1:13:50 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: nickcarraway

BTW my first thought when I heard this was “Hey Ref, that nasty Tom Brady called me a n* again!”

peyton Manning, Drew Brees etc getting ejected during the 1st quarter of every game. Every player being mic’d to monitor against this abuse as it escalates.

And what happens if the caller a nd callee are on the same team?


32 posted on 02/23/2014 1:14:07 PM PST by Mr. Dough (Who was the greater military man, General Tso or Col. Sanders?)
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To: nickcarraway

Nuts?


33 posted on 02/23/2014 1:17:28 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Bryanw92
"Wassup N-Word-A?" ...Term of Endearment, No Penalty.

"I own yor ass, N-Word-ER!" ...Tweeeet!, 15 Yards!

34 posted on 02/23/2014 1:17:52 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: logi_cal869
A penalty is a ‘ban’?

Ridiculous. Everyone knows it's a tax.

35 posted on 02/23/2014 1:18:02 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Bryanw92

That’s exactly why this rule won’t last long. When the penalty falls disproportionately on black players, they’ll have to get rid of it.


36 posted on 02/23/2014 1:18:55 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: albie
But “honkey”, “whitey” and “cracker” are still encouraged!

How come it's considered OK for black folks to use the n-word among themselves, but we can't use any of the above to refer to ourselves or each other?

37 posted on 02/23/2014 1:20:27 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: nickcarraway
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who serves on the league's competition committee said, "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 over the last three days."

Doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement.

It may happen, but is it really "expected" to happen?

38 posted on 02/23/2014 1:22:32 PM PST by x
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To: nickcarraway

When the bloom comes off this latest fiasco, the ‘thought police’ would take over.

Players could go to the Ref and say
“That guy got mad when I tackled him and I know he is thinking a bad thing about me and would probably call me that if he knew he wouldn’t get tossed out”.

“That LT keeps winking at me and licking his lips so since I know for a fact that he is straight, he is really calling me a fag”.

“Ever since I came out, a couple of my team mates and some of the opposition refuse to talk to me or even acknowledge I am in the room. This is making me very uncomfortable”.

Just like the real world, TALK to some people and they want to dissect EVERY word to find some kind of slight or insult OR if you don’t talk to them, they accuse you of having a hostile work place.

Like the man says, we may as well sit down, bend over and kiss our collective asses goodbye.


39 posted on 02/23/2014 1:23:27 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --When you have them by the short hairs, the minds and hearts soon follow.)
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To: unixfox

In Dr. No, Ian Fleming calls the lackeys working for Dr. No, “Chigroes”. He even describes them in an unflattering way. I bet newer printings leave this out.

Also, Agatha Christie’s book, “And Then There Were None” was originally titled, “Ten Little N———”, They then changed it to “Ten Little Indians” before the last change.


40 posted on 02/23/2014 1:34:39 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: nickcarraway

Fine, but also MF, honky, cracker and every other unsportsmanlike slur or insult.

Taunting is penalized in college. Not sure about pro.

Nothing wrong with injecting some civility, back into the game and into society.

What if golfers trash talked each other? Those guys can’t even break wind or cough.


41 posted on 02/23/2014 2:01:48 PM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: nickcarraway

I’m sick of this being the only bad word there ever could be. The only absolutely taboo word. It’s so special.

How about penalties for all the other bad words?


42 posted on 02/23/2014 2:16:04 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

The wild world of sports has gone completely nuts if this is all they can talk about. Namecalling!!!?

Which is why I quit watching sports years ago. With one exception: hockey fights. These are highly entertaining & worth the time. Hockey fights represent the best value for the cost of admission & give the fans what they want most out of a game.


43 posted on 02/23/2014 2:52:55 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: nickcarraway

No N word? How about blacks calling whites ‘HONKY’, ‘CRACKER’ or ‘WHITY’?


44 posted on 02/23/2014 3:51:11 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: nickcarraway
Idiotic....

However, if they do I want BOTH spellings given the same treatment as I am sick of liberal defending those who say “Nigga” and claim its a cultural term that is okay. I have seen plenty a white guy sink for using that one too.

I want both versions banned from the music they all listen to as well.

But, I am just rambling here...in reality this is an idiotic ploy that could never be enforced to begin with and it will never be enforced fairly.

45 posted on 02/23/2014 5:44:42 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: Fiji Hill

“Section 3 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Article 1 There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act which is contrary to the
generally understood principles of sportsmanship. Such acts specifically include, among others:
(a) Throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent even though no contact is made.
(b) The use of abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials,
or representatives of the League.
TAUNTING
(c) The use of baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams.
(d) Individual players involved in prolonged or excessive celebrations. Players are prohibited from
engaging in any celebrations while on the ground. A celebration shall be deemed excessive or
prolonged if a player continues to celebrate after a warning from an official.
(e) Two-or-more players engage in prolonged, excessive, premeditated, or choreographed celebrations.
(f) Possession or use of foreign or extraneous object(s) that are not part of the uniform during the game
on the field or the sideline, or using the ball as a prop.”

Seems to me like this is already covered. Shocking, I know. Doesn’t stop them from executing fruity capering and chest pounding displays either.

Freegards


46 posted on 02/23/2014 5:56:12 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: nickcarraway

Is it unlegalize to use the nword as and adjective as in: The shoddy work was considered Nword reggin’ as it was of urine poor quality.???
I’m just sain don’t chu nO.


47 posted on 02/23/2014 6:38:24 PM PST by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not ju st selectively for Democrats.)
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