NFL Potentially Banning “Racial Slur”

BY KEVIN JENKINS

The NFL is potentially thinking about implementing a 15-yard penalty rule for the use of the N-word on the field. A lot of the media on ESPN has weighed in on this issue to clarify if they are in favor of the rule or not.

Herm Edwards (ESPN Anchor) explained how he felt the players should be able to take care of this situation themselves. Edwards justified how there are already too many rules in the NFL and he explains how players need to stand up by not saying this word on the field against other players.
Edward’s viewpoint on this situation is that the players need to respect one another. Herm also said when he was a coach in the NFL, that this word had no place in his locker-room. The banning of this racial slur also brings up more topics.

For instance, I’m curious to know why the NFL has not already done this years ago. I’m sure this racial slur has been spoken among other black NFL players since the league started.

Another question to bring up is the possibility of banning all racial slurs on the field. The media and the NFL have focused on this particular word but there are other racial slurs that may be discourteous to another race. So if the media is going to tackle the use of the N-word on the field, they need to address the other racial slurs that are associated with different races.

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