In his new role as a member of the crew on CBS’ The NFL Today, former Jets and Ravens linebacker Bart Scott will be asked to offer strong opinions on the NFL topics of the day.
Scott’s not waiting for the cameras to start rolling to share his thoughts, though. Like many others, Scott has weighed in on the NFL’s effort to eradicate racial slurs from the field of play. He’s not a fan of the idea, saying it will be impossible for officials to figure out who said what in a pileup after a play and an unnecessary addition to an already full plate of things that they need to be looking for during games.
“You expect a kid who’s been talking like this his entire life to all of a sudden get in a heated exchange in a game and remember his manners? That’s like reporters being surprised that players cuss on the field. I mean, really? What are we talking about here? The referees already have a hard enough time doing their jobs to begin with, and now we’re just going to make it more difficult by making them the potty-mouth police,” Scott said, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com.
We’ve heard similar thoughts from current NFL players and it does seem like a situation that will lead to more inconsistent application from officials than one that will lead to an end to the use of any particular words or language among players.