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February 23, 2014 - 3:13 pm

CBS Sports is reporting that the National Football League is considering making the use of a racial slur against your opponent a 15 yard penalty.

John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance told CBS that he wants to eradicate the N-word entirely from the league — “policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room.”

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.”

The NFL had no comment, but league sources did confirm that the idea of “respect” among teammates is a priority. The league is studying major changes to workplace policies in the wake of the Wells report, and Goodell and Troy Vincent from the league office have already met with 35 players to discuss issues of workplace conduct.

Wooten said the competition committee will formally decide whether or not to support his measure at the meeting in March, and then present it to owners. Wooten is “extremely hopeful” it will pass.

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

It’s commendable that the league is looking seriously at this issue. While the use of the N-word on the field has been a psychological weapon for decades — trying to rile an opponent the same way he might allude to his wife’s supposed infidelity in order to incite the player to do something stupid — the league might also consider cleaning up the game in other areas.

Since January of 2000, there have been 685 felony arrests of NFL players. This is an epidemic of lawlessness that the league has addressed only sporadically. Then there is the shocking number of NFL players who fathered numerous children by different mothers out of wedlock. This is an issue that the NFL has not addressed publicly and appears to want to keep a secret.

Rid the game of the N-word? Absolutely. But tolerating a culture that has players thinking themselves above the law and beyond common standards of moral behavior makes language policing meaningless.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.
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The obvious question is whether they'll stick to this new policy the first time a black guy decides to employ his "n-word privileges" on the field.
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As if I needed a further excuse not to watch hulking,
thug brained millionaires with curled locks strutting and
thrashing Each other on a Sunday
Afternoon. Get a life, America!
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don't worry. it will only be enforced on white guys.

pjm wouldn't let me right whit ey as one word. you folks are getting stranger by the day.
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The first Amendment guarantees my right to free speech. In the New Age speech is censured.

Here at PJ Media one can only write nigga, or words that are close to the one being disliked. It's a slippery slope from here. What's on the chopping block in the future? Moon god worshipers?
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"The first Amendment guarantees my right to free speech. "

No, the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting the press.

That's not the same thing at all.
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Don't they already have a penalty called "unsportsman like conduct?" Why wouldn't it apply?
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The NFL should employ a "swear jar" policy that would fine a player every time they say something deemed inappropriate. Funds raised could be used to set up a college fund or pay back child support. I would love to see a "Slur Jar" Icon on the big screen with a running total of contributions during a hard fought game. Wooten could employ spy microphones inside the helmets of players with repeat infractions. It's for the children.
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The word "ni**er" is a blacks only word. Black recording "artists" use it profusely and no one bats an eye. The same demokkkrat party that brought you "whites only" drinking fountains now brings you "blacks only" words.
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The obvious question is whether they'll stick to this new policy the first time a black guy decides to employ his "n-word privileges" on the field.
8 weeks ago
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I'm reading between the lines here but I suspect this is a result of stupid goof's tirade after the SF game and complaints from high profile QB's who want to compete athletically, not with threat displays. The general tone of humiliation after the SF and SB games was somewhat unprecedented. I honestly don't think speech should be censored but it's pretty obvious it's gotten out of hand if you add in the Incognito thing. And now you got a gay guy coming in and mics everywhere. It's seems reasonable that pros should be able to be pros without feeling they're on the back of a bus in a sleazy part of town. If you've never been on the back of one of those buses, you have no idea of the sheer tension that is so completely unnecessary. It's just stupid rage.
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Well, it is not censure if it isn't the government telling you to shut up. I'm not allowed to run around work shouting derogatory names, either. If I did, I would expect to be fired.

I'm with Rick on this one, though. Instead focusing on one word, they might want to focus on the felonies.
8 weeks ago
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Greetings:

I don't suppose there's any chance that the NFL, which swathes its stadia in red, white, and blue bunting and puts those cute little American flag stickers on the back of every players helmet, will come up with a yardage penalty for teams whose players wear those new-fangled, close-fitting skullcaps during the playing of our national anthem. I mean, it's not like the NFL doesn't already have regulations about what its players can wear on their heads.
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Are they going to make the "C" word illegal also? Such as, voiced by, I believe, Ben Davidson in the move M*A*S*H*?
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As if I needed a further excuse not to watch hulking,
thug brained millionaires with curled locks strutting and
thrashing Each other on a Sunday
Afternoon. Get a life, America!
8 weeks ago
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How about no gesturing or talking to opposing players at all? How much of a professional are you if you have to engage in game-long threat displays in order to "get up" for the game? It's not like they aren't being paid a kazillion dollars.

Anyone who's ever been around that constant jabbering knows how annoying, empty, and unnecessary it is. It is absolutely meaningless and adds nothing to the game. In my view it takes quite a bit from the game. In fact it can suck the fun right out of the game, though I understand many consider humiliation culture "fun." I like to watch teams compete, not humiliate each other. Shut up and play the game. Most of all just shut up.

Lord knows how many men never enter the game in the first place because they don't want to be in that atmosphere. It's not like the NFL isn't all but acknowledging their game has become a bad neighborhood. Not even playing in the first place would then be the suburbs.
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