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ESPN- As the NFL’s competition committee soon considers a rule that would penalize players for using the N-word on the field, one veteran believes it will be difficult for the league to police the use of the racial slur. “I think it’s going to be really tough to legislate this rule, to find a way to penalize everyone who uses this word,” Ryan Clark, a Pittsburgh Steelers safety who’s spent 12 years in the league, told ESPN’s Bob Ley during an “Outside The Lines” special report. “And it’s not going to be white players using it toward black players. Most of the time you hear it, it’s black players using the word.” The OTL broadcast aired Sunday night, just days after the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league to establish a rule that would call for a 15-yard penalty for players who use the N-word on the field.

Of all the things the NFL has tried to do to make football family friendly and safe, this rule is completely ridiculous. Sure the idea behind penalizing players for using the N-word sounds like a good idea, it can never truly be governed. It’s kinda like the ol “well they can’t arrest us all” saying when a bunch of people want to do something wrong. I played sports in high school with black kids (by played I mean they started and I got to watch), they use the n-word often. It’s like bro for us whiteys, and that’s not groundbreaking news, everyone knows that. So how in the fuck does the NFL plan on flagging every use of the word when 90% of the players are black and talking to each other? It’s just as stupid as most of the rough hit rules. It will happen every once in awhile at the worst times and cause teams to lose games. And you thought people hated the refs before, they won’t stand a chance after this. Murdered Ref City.

-Jesse

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