15 Yard Penalty for Using the N-word

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    Feb 23, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/nfl-expected-adopt-15-yard-penalty-n-word-article-1.1698783
  • Whipmagic

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    Feb 23, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    Now, if they could to the same for the homophobic slur some players are so fond of using, that would be progress. Maybe in 50 years?
  • TDSmoove

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    Feb 24, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    Not sure how they're gonna enforce that unless every player is mic'd up. I'm kinda divided on how I feel about that.
  • madsexy

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    Feb 24, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    Whipmagic saidNow, if they could to the same for the homophobic slur some players are so fond of using, that would be progress. Maybe in 50 years?


    TDSmoove saidNot sure how they're gonna enforce that unless every player is mic'd up. I'm kinda divided on how I feel about that.


    I have to agree with both. I have mixed feelings about how they'll enforce it, who'll be reporting what and how they'll verify it. But it's a great step in the right direction to try and address an issue. And definitely they should add the homophobic slurs to the penalty list.
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    Feb 24, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    Complete waste of time. Banning the word isn't a bad idea, but what about other slurs? why are those acceptable? The rule has no credibility.
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    Feb 24, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    I see some blogs show strong opposition to the idea. Arguments include that it's a violation of Freedom of Speech, that players are hyped-up, it's part of intimidating your opponents. To which I would say:

    - NFL players are paid employees at work, not some buddies informally playing football on private property. Courts have ruled that employers can control employee behavior to a great extent while on the job, and sometimes even off, and some Constitutional provisions do not apply.

    - An NFL football field is a place of public viewing. With modern sound equipment player's voices CAN be heard and broadcast (though eavesdropping by teams is prohibited). Or players' natural voices can carry to just the spectators on the sidelines, still capable of being overheard by others than the players themselves.

    - I do hope other forms of hate speech will also be penalized. It would be hard to reduce this kind behavior if our sports heroes are using it. For the same reason they get paid millions on the power of their product endorsements, their endorsement of hate speech also carries great influence with the public.

    When I was a kid sports heroes used to be called roll models for our youth. Hardly true today, more like roll models for street gangs, but the concept still lingers. And maybe what the NFL would like to restore. Gawd knows their players are some of the worst examples in all of US sports.
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    Feb 24, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
    This should be interesting. I bet more black guys will get palenalized than white guys which kinda defeats the purpose.
  • ohioguy12

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    Feb 24, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard.
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    Feb 24, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    if a black uses it ,its okay
    but if a non black says it , its racist !
    wow !
    jay-z , kanye west , lil wayne ,almost all rappers use " n" word to describe Black people , but no one takes any action
    why is that ?
    i do agree its a bad word and everyone should follow its ban