NFL may enact a 15-yard penalty for racial slurs on the field
The NFL may implement a new penalty this off season to combat the use of racial slurs on the field.
John Wooten, heads the Fritz Pollard Alliance. He told CBS Sports that he expects the league to impose a 15-yard penalty when players use the N-word on the field, and an automatic ejection for a player who uses the slur twice.
“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.”
Wooten’s comments were strictly about the N-word, but if the NFL is going to implement this rule, other racial slurs would presumably be included as well, along with slurs that are homophobic, sexist or religious in nature.
While Wooten’s comments pertained strictly to the N-word, it is presumed that other racial slurs would be included if the NFL enacts this rule.
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