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Richard Sherman calls NFL banning the N-word “an atrocious idea”

Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor ( AP

Count Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman among those who think the NFL would be wrong to pass a new rule against players using the N-word on the field.

Asked about the proposal to make use of the N-word an automatic 15-yard penalty, Sherman told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that the NFL would be making a serious mistake if it passed such a rule.

It’s an atrocious idea,” said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”

Sherman said the N-word is commonly used among NFL players.

“It’s in the locker room and on the field at all times,” Sherman said. “I hear it almost every series out there on the field.”

The NFL appears likely to tell the officials to strictly enforce the already existing rule against using abusive language on the field, and to tell officials that racial slurs can be considered abusive language. But it appears unlikely that a specific rule banning the N-word, which the Fritz Pollard Alliance is urging the NFL to pass, will come to fruition.

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  1. jrd8523 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:47 AM

    This is what it has come down to. Banning a word associated with racism is now racist.

  2. realdealsteel says: Mar 3, 2014 9:49 AM

    What next NFL?

    You are on a slippery slope NFL. You going above and beyond trying to legislate an emotional game of Men trying to dominate other men both mentally and physically. By any means necessary.

    Stop this “PC” stuff NFL. Just stop it and let the game be the raw, emotional game it’s always been.

    It’s a game not for the weak of heart. And that’s the way it should be.

  3. milhousemn says: Mar 3, 2014 9:49 AM

    He is right. If they are trying to clean up on-field language they should ban all curse words. That at least could be justified given the ever increasing number of microphones and the attempt to get fans “into the game” without offending anyone.

  4. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 3, 2014 9:49 AM

    The F word is the one they don’t want cameras picking up. Why not ban that first? I’m white, but a bunch of white guys probably don’t know what racist behavior is specifically to be able to start trying to deal with it.

    How about ban redskin too?

  5. bostonian13 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:49 AM

    He’s absolutely right. It’s bad enough defensive players can’t hit anyone, imagine when everyone starts to get penalized for cursing…..atrocious is right.

  6. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Mar 3, 2014 9:50 AM

    Its a difficult rule to enforce. I wouldn’t want the outcome of an important game by my favorite team being affected by “bad language”

  7. bucrightoff says: Mar 3, 2014 9:51 AM

    Any time you give refs another judgement call, it is not a good idea.

  8. dycenyne says: Mar 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    Richard Sherman in the NFL is an atrocious idea and should be banned

  9. blizzard01 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    Way to take a stand on something worth fighting for. Impressive. Best your father and grandfather think differently.

  10. jf203 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    This is the stupidest potential “rule” change ever

  11. vikings1976 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    Except if Riley Cooper says it on the field. Then we got problems right Richard?

  12. eagleswin says: Mar 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    “It’s an atrocious idea,” said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”

    ———————————–

    The hypocrisy of certain subgroups of players amazes me. A Caucasian player was ostracized for saying that word and every talking head in the country was saying that Caucasians should never use that word while players of a different skin color use that word casually and even make millions of dollars for using that word in music.

    Where was Sherman’s outrage when Riley Cooper was being dragged through the mud by the players and media?

  13. sizzleownsbigben says: Mar 3, 2014 9:53 AM

    “Almost racist”? Wouldn’t it be “almost racist” allowing only one race to use the word? Just ask Richie incognito or Paula dean how the were treated for using the word. It doesn’t belong on the football field or anywhere else.

  14. Bob says: Mar 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    If Richard Sherman is against it, it means it’s a great idea.

  15. jf203 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    Wait..we have an official time-out on the field to “listen” to the instant replay and see if the player said N>>>A or N>>>ER

    how asinine…..

  16. upperdecker19 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    John Kuhn is concerned

  17. dycenyne says: Mar 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    Shocking, the NFL’s #1 trash talker would be opposed to the idea of banning an insulting term. But hey he went to Stanford, all is forgiven…

  18. spartyownsyou says: Mar 3, 2014 9:55 AM

    This guy sure loves playing the race card. It’s almost racists? How?
    Reminds me of when he wigged out on national television after the 49ers game then basically said that anyone who had anything negative to say about his idiotic, childish behavior was a racist. It’s always amazed me that he was able to (at least in his own mind) turn himself into the victim in that situation when he so clearly was not.

  19. jmac1013 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:55 AM

    Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent.

  20. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 3, 2014 9:55 AM

    It’s racist to target a specific word that happens to be racist? That part I don’t understand.

  21. bhindenemylines says: Mar 3, 2014 9:56 AM

    If that’s what Sherman wants, give it to him. But just remember the rule applies to ALL players; you can’t be upset if a player of a different color uses the term.

    Let’s see what happens when a 5’9″ white punter gets up off the ground and says “nice cheap shot, nigg@” to Mr. Sherman.

  22. jbaxt says: Mar 3, 2014 9:57 AM

    So it’s used in almost every series (75 times a game) but Riley Cooper was viewed as a clan member for his usage? What double standard?

  23. michiganstillsucks says: Mar 3, 2014 9:57 AM

    Of course a scumbag like Sherman would be for using this despicable word. SMH…

  24. thevikesarebest says: Mar 3, 2014 9:57 AM

    TYPICAL SHEHAWKS.

  25. officialgame says: Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    Sherman for a smart guy you really are an imbecile.

  26. jf203 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    Richard Sherman is smarter than 90 percent of the people that post on this sight…

  27. floratiotime says: Mar 3, 2014 10:01 AM

    In his case they should make an exception.

  28. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 3, 2014 10:01 AM

    I think what Sherman is trying to say is that by singling out only 1 racial epithet and declaring it illegal it almost legitimizes the use of other racial epithets.

    If you are going to outlaw one racial slur, you need to outlaw them all.

  29. jebsta16 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:02 AM

    Then how about not being sensitive about it when someone white uses it. if it isn’t ok for all then it’s ok for none.

  30. charge1 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:02 AM

    This word is an exception and I agree ban it and I’m white. Now for PC – where did this all start? PTA meetings? My God you can’t say or do anything without offending someone. I think it really started with Obama apologizing to terrorists and the rest of the world for our past behaviors. Look where that has got us now.

  31. schmitty2 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    So basically it’s not ok for Riley Cooper to yell it out in public but it will be just fine for for Sherman to label outlawing the word during games as an “atrocious” idea. Anyone else sense a double-standard?

  32. realdealsteel says: Mar 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    This “over-legislation ” of the game and the micro managing will destroy the NFL.

  33. dycenyne says: Mar 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    He’s def smarter than you!

  34. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    jf203 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    Richard Sherman is smarter than 90 percent of the people that post on this sight…
    ________________________

    That’s probably true….

  35. restorativejusticeprogram says: Mar 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    Also, as I have posted before, it is a very easy way for a referee-on-the-take to “fix” a game by saying he heard the word said on the field — no video or reliable sound recordings to say he is not making it up. Just watch.

  36. sonopazzo6 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:05 AM

    Did I tell you guys that I sent away for a Riley Nooper jersey?

  37. afimisfits89 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:08 AM

    will someone get it over with an just kill this guy now

  38. thraiderskin says: Mar 3, 2014 10:09 AM

    So Sherman thinks the n-word is just another curse word? I guess the Riley Cooper thing was a little overblown…

  39. dsigrey says: Mar 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    Having a white ref judge intent on a black player using the “n” word is asking for trouble. Looks a lot like a “master/slave” situation to me… and a big step backwards.

  40. thorsmark says: Mar 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    Roger Goodell just wants change in the NFL. He doesn’t really care if it’s for the better or worse, as long as it’s constantly changing.

  41. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    According to the yearly racial census of the NFL (tidesport.org for details) the NFL player population is made up of about 66% black players and has been that way since the beginning of the 90′s.

    Could someone please supply that to Mr. Stanford Grad here in pie chart form to explain why the most racist word of all time in a league that’s predominantly black maybe deserves a little more attention that “other curse words.”

  42. bennyb82 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    The NFL could always just start fining guys $5,275 for every time they use it. That might help.

  43. seabrawk12 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:11 AM

    Either everyone can say it, or no one can. Make up your mind society.

  44. dolfan4ever says: Mar 3, 2014 10:12 AM

    Of course, this is coming from a guy whose main stay is trash talking and what is trash talking without the “N” word? Give me a break Sherman, the saddest part of all is when white people talk trash they don’t call everyone “Cracker” and we damn sure dont use the “C” word as a term of endearment. It shouldnt matter whether you’re black, white or purple, any racial words…no matter if you’re using them for endearment or being cruel should be left out of any sport.

    Ryan Clark said over the weekend that it only bothers him when the word is used around other races??? REALLY??? How racist does that sound?

    Keep it out of the game, EVERYONE!!!

  45. thefiesty1 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:12 AM

    With his MOUTH, he’d not be able to say anything.

  46. wukhaos313 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:13 AM

    Although it is a very weak and flawed argument for Sherman to say this is racist, it is uneducated to say “blacks use the word” to say it’s ok for others to. Unfortunately America has done some horrible things to most minority groups and people must realize that those things will have a lasting impact. The word is vulgar but it was created by whites and those blacks who use it are just ignorant to the fact it is a shackle to the past. So please stop saying it should not be used or everyone should be able to…ITS NOT THE SAME!

  47. negativten says: Mar 3, 2014 10:15 AM

    Just ban the honkies from using it!

  48. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 3, 2014 10:16 AM

    He claims its used every all the time on the field. That’s the problem. The NFL is doing their best to present a product that is family friendly. More and more microphones are being used on the field and the NFL and their broadcast partners don’t want that type of language to go over the air. His claim that it’s racist to do away with the use if the word is ridiculous.

  49. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 3, 2014 10:16 AM

    jf203 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM
    Richard Sherman is smarter than 90 percent of the people that post on this sight…
    —–
    *site

  50. iberiasaint says: Mar 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    I hate when blacks can say the “n” word with impunity and whites are labeled racist when using the word. IF THE WORD IS RACIST THEN ANYONE WHO USES IT IS RACIST. If blacks think it OK for only blacks to use it, then they have no credibility whatsoever. My conclusion from listening to black rappers is that the “n” word is not racist. If it offends you, you must also stop using it.

  51. bigjdve says: Mar 3, 2014 10:18 AM

    I am the first person to tell you that I hate PC, words only have power when you let them.

    However, the reason that they are trying to ban this word is because other players were complaining. So the idea isn’t atrocious, because your peers want it gone.

    If you want to allow it, it has to be allowed use by all people. That being said, you can’t have penalties for the use of it, nor can people be allowed to complain about it.

    Until then, banning the word is the same as in any other company where you get hammered for using it.

  52. raiderufan says: Mar 3, 2014 10:18 AM

    First of all, this is a completely unenforcable rule. Just foolish in it’s concept.

    But the bigger problem is the double standard thats expected with this word. Riley Cooper used it outside of his work place. He was wrong for the agressive demeaning way he used it….he was fined, separated from the team for a time and has had it attached to his name forever.

    Am I supposed to believe that it’s used on the field in a “brother hood” type of manner or an aggressive demeaning way said to all races?I’d bet it’s said to all races from only African Americans…it’s alright in the workplace from one race but outside of the workplace from another race it’s ok to literally break a mans entire character down?

    That’s odd to me. White, Black, Purple, Green or Blue…that’s a double standard that’s unacceptable.

  53. bsizemore68 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:20 AM

    The minority players should be allowed to use any word that the majority players use on the field and locker room, and out in society at large. If its Okay for one group then it should be Okay for all. How about we just stop with the race card when ever some people don’t get there way. Bill

  54. ajgreenhof says: Mar 3, 2014 10:20 AM

    Goodell has to play Principle to all of these jocks that never were forced to grow up like the rest of us.

  55. otrd13 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:20 AM

    Why is the word being targeted you ask, Richard?
    Well maybe because…

    “It’s in the locker room and on the field at all times,” Sherman said. “I hear it almost every series out there on the field.”

    Connect the dots genius

  56. patriotinvasion says: Mar 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    Leave well enough alone already! Banning foul language on the football field should be reserved for Pop Warner, not grown men. It’s stuff like this that tells you league employees have too much time on their hands. When you have people sitting around doing nothing they come up with ridiculous stuff like this to make themselves appear useful.

  57. bullcharger says: Mar 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    Any word should not be strictly banned. It is all about context. A player could use the F word in a funny way or in a hurtful and demeaning way.

    It is the same way for the N word now… there is an acceptable context that is used (and has been used for some time). Some people despise it and some recount the historical context of the word, but it won’t take away it’s use. Censoring players on the field doesn’t make any sense. If they say something that is deemed offensive based on it’s context it should warrant a penalty, but it is still sport and men and there will be some language out there that is innappropriate for other settings.

  58. vegasdestroyer says: Mar 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    If the NFL could make money off the N-word, it would be the proud name of a team. Don’t touch my beloved REDSKINS.

  59. tk429 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    The word should either be removed from society completely or everyone should be allowed to use it. This is the only word I know of that is so damn offensive that one race of people can’t use it but another race can use it to refer to brothers and close friends. I personally think it is a horrible word that just needs to go away.

    With that being said, Sherman is half-correct. Why only ban that “offensive” word? The NFL shouldn’t be policing this.

  60. mhs8031 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    It is simply unsportsmanlike conduct. I wish the NFL would control all forms of taunting the other team. In the Panthers-Niners game, they were head-butting each other, and it was only called against the Panthers.

    You have no reason to talk to a member of the other team. If you do, it should be under the guidelines of good sportsmanship. That sounds corny, but I get tired of all the crap that goes on after the whistle. Just play the damn game. Shoving after the play, jawing, getting into an opponent’s face, heck, even pointing at an opponent is bad sportsmanship.

    I am a Panther fan, and Steve Smith is the worst in the league at it. We get tired of seeing it. In one game vs. the Rams, he got in Janoris Jenkins’ face, scored a TD on Jenkins and pointed at him during his TD dance, and was seen taunting and baiting him. While we all know that Jenkins and the Rams are not choir boys, I was embarrassed. Steve is a better player than that. I want the C on his shirt to represent “Class” as much as “Captain.”

  61. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 3, 2014 10:24 AM

    Did this guy really graduate from Stanford?

  62. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 3, 2014 10:25 AM

    jf203 says:
    Richard Sherman is smarter than 90 percent of the people that post on this sight…

    It’s spelled site, I’m guessing you are not part of the 10%

  63. mrtreyseven says: Mar 3, 2014 10:26 AM

    so are they banning the word because its atrocious or are they banning it because everyone cant use it…it amazes me that African Americans have a racial slur brought upon us we use but not in the context or intended use even changed the spelling and now we cant even use it. anybody with an ounce of intelligence know when and where to use certain language and in the sports in the moment of battle you will here far worse than someone calling you the N word…Guys talking bout what they will do to your wife or mom etc. personal stuff about….guys actually google stuff search facebook to find out things about u i.e. Janoris Jenkins vs. Steve Smith last season…ban all curse words dont single out one specific word and watch how that 60 minute game turns into an 120 minutes because their will be a flag each play damn near

  64. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 3, 2014 10:27 AM

    The NFL used to be about football. It’s becoming now a platform for marketing & the advancement of political agendas. It’s a shame. Gradually the profit margins will start to reflect it.

  65. whodey1982 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:30 AM

    I think some of you guys may be missing his point here. When I read it, I interpreted his meaning of “almost racist targeting one specific word” as problematic because it would be the only slur banned while not including the slurs that apply to other races. I still think Sherman is about as cool as getting kicked in the junk, but on this one I agree with him. If you explicitly ban one racial slur while ignoring others, then in some respects you are passively condoning the use of the others you didn’t deem worthy enough of addressing.

  66. toybkshr says: Mar 3, 2014 10:32 AM

    So, are they goin to fine “Honkey M-F” also?

  67. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 3, 2014 10:32 AM

    Teaching kids to act unsportsman like and insult other players on national TV is ok though…..

  68. musician0785 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    White people kill me with this, Blacks were put to a double standard for HUNDREDS of years, and all I see is white people crying about how unfair it is that they cant use a word they invented to denigrate. Get over it…there is a double standard, and I’d say that about 400 years of slavery paid for it. Just because you cant see the racism in things, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist..all the white guys trying to tell a Black man what is racist and what is not is dumbfounding. Who do you think has more experience on the issue?

  69. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:35 AM

    Ok the Seahawks come up to the line. Their offensive line bows to the 9ers Dline. The Dline bows back.

    They all smile politely and assume their stances. That ball is snapped. The Dline politely asks the Seattle Oline if its ok to block them now. The Oline smiles politely and says yes.

    etc etc

    And don’t forget the flags since they won’t be allowed to tackle any more.

  70. bullcharger says: Mar 3, 2014 10:35 AM

    I hate when blacks can say the “n” word with impunity and whites are labeled racist when using the word. IF THE WORD IS RACIST THEN ANYONE WHO USES IT IS RACIST. If blacks think it OK for only blacks to use it, then they have no credibility whatsoever. My conclusion from listening to black rappers is that the “n” word is not racist. If it offends you, you must also stop using it.

    ————————-

    It doesn’t matter if it bothers you. That’s just the way it is. When a black person uses the word it doesn’t have the same meaning that it does when a white person uses it. The context is totally different. There are many words and phrases that are offensive in one context and not in another. It’s not a travesty or a double standard, it is just a fact.

  71. greggfletch1 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    Either ban it completely or everyone can use it. This just brings up a bigger issue. HOW LONG to I have to be blamed for something my great great grandfather may have done. You want to change culture, you have to change language. Every black person that uses that word will be stuck in the 40s until they stop. Thats why its not so suprising that these black players want this double standard. They think they are still owed something.

  72. kyblue33 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:42 AM

    Richard Sherman, choke sign author, gives instruction on proper speech, only a ding dong would pass that along, Oh wait, the mouth of Espn did. Great read!!!!!!!!!

  73. greggfletch1 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    But this is an easy enough fix. Put a mike in all the helemts and after the game they add it up and player or players get fined 5,000 an offense, and the team gets fined 10,000 an offense. After about half a season wouldnt hear it at all.

  74. bullcharger says: Mar 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    blackqbwhiterb says:Mar 3, 2014 10:27 AM

    The NFL used to be about football. It’s becoming now a platform for marketing & the advancement of political agendas. It’s a shame. Gradually the profit margins will start to reflect it.

    —————–

    I think if you just stopped reading about the political aspect of the sport if you are uninterested it would become just football again for you. I don’t think much has changed except access to media. The same issues have always been in the game.

  75. dontbugmeonsundays says: Mar 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    Bill Romanowski is flabbergasted!

  76. chawk12thman says: Mar 3, 2014 10:45 AM

    If you are going to enforce language then ban all racial slurs, is Sherman’s point.

  77. realskipbayless says: Mar 3, 2014 10:46 AM

    jf203 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM
    Richard Sherman is smarter than 90 percent of the people that post on this sight…

    Well obviously you fall under that 90 percent. It’s site not sight…

    I think it’s a stupid rule but like someone said above where was Richard when R Cooper was getting slammed for saying it.

  78. monkeesfan says: Mar 3, 2014 10:46 AM

    Just what need is there to penalize teams for using the word as part of trash talking? The fact it has been mainstreamed within the black community makes the argument against it less than honest. We should never be party to thought control – it’s time society learns to leave things alone.

  79. jackburton77 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:47 AM

    Black people that think like Sherman are the problem.

    The logic is that they’ve taken the stigma out of the name by turning it into a positive.

    Nope. It just lets anyone, that is ignorant enough to use that word, think that because you throw it around so commonly that it doesn’t bother you and you aren’t serious about it being expunged from the human collective.

    I’d like to see Sherman’s attendance record at Stanford. I’m calling bullstuff on that degree.

  80. duece5 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:47 AM

    charge1 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:02 AM

    This word is an exception and I agree ban it and I’m white. Now for PC – where did this all start? PTA meetings? My God you can’t say or do anything without offending someone. I think it really started with Obama apologizing to terrorists and the rest of the world for our past behaviors. Look where that has got us now.

    duece5 says:

    Well said charge1…….

    I will add just another angle: The word , in the past, would incite hate/anger, especially if a white person said it to a black person-as it should.

    It is socially acceptable in the young, african-american community, and it is a joke if the NFL thinks it can change the habit in one year.

    But, you DO have to start somewhere. Instead of forcing this down the throat like this, it would be wise to get the teams, the management, the player reps, the union, and the owners, on the same page.

    Have the above groups effectively communicate over the next few years how this type of word won’t be tolerated in the locker room, in the club houses, in the meeting rooms, etc…..it is UNACCEPTABLE.

    You can change a culture, over time, and though it won’t be totally eradicated, it needs to be a process.

    It can’t be forced, like Obamacare, or it will fail miserably, like Obamacare.

    Think it out, and have a process, and a goal. If we can all agree it’s a racist word, which most of us do, it can be done.

  81. memphiscowboy says: Mar 3, 2014 10:47 AM

    I’m not a fan of Sherman, but he would have a good point if the NFL was in fact planning to enforce this against black players, which of course they won’t, IMO.

  82. jamaltimore says: Mar 3, 2014 10:51 AM

    Can you imagine the first team who loses a game, get in field goal position at the end of a game because someone used a “BAD WORD” on the field of play. N word , eff word or whatever the rule is stupid. I mean calling someone a big dummy is offensive.

  83. jadmakaveli says: Mar 3, 2014 10:53 AM

    Its not the same meaning when we use among each other… Tried of white america trying to tell us what we can and cant do, now your gonna tell a black player they cant talk to another black person a certain way in their own lingo? either ban all curse words and nothing at all, you allow people to use any other word but when its the N-word its a issue? this is just something white people wouldnt understand.

  84. kevo95 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:53 AM

    Don’t say it foo

  85. dabears7190 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:54 AM

    Now is not the time to add subjective penalty rules. Enforce a fine if someone’s mouth is interfering with a game. But to walk off 15 yards while 50,000 fans in the stands wonder what the heck happened, and won’t have the benefit of instant replay, ending a potential game winning drive will hurt the game more than help it.

    As far as ending foul language on the field, it’s not likely to ever happen. Imagine having your knee bend completely in the opposite direction than the way it’s supposed to bend, shouting out in pain “Yowza” or “Gosh Darn It” aren’t the first words that come to mind. 12 year olds curse more than professional athletes, and not because professional athletes curse. Enforcing penalties on adults for words that are in the everyday vocabulary of a 12 year old is just silly.

  86. jrd8523 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:56 AM

    Remember when the Trayvon Martin witness used the word “cracker” and refused to acknowledge that it was a slur or inappropiate, and was defended for her use of the word by many?

    It would be hard to ban all ethnic slurs because signifcant parts of the community don’t feel using ethnic slurs against certain groups is racist.

  87. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 3, 2014 10:56 AM

    what happen to the good old days with freedom of speech.

    When friend could share terms of endearment.

    and racist would just get their asses kicked for being ignorant?

  88. onlysane1intheroom says: Mar 3, 2014 10:59 AM

    Where the white women at?

  89. mrsmxy says: Mar 3, 2014 11:00 AM

    Richard Sherman is actually an intelligent and educated man. I get what he’s saying, even if a lot of you don’t seem to. (Or choose not to, which is much worse in my opinion. Willful ignorance is a much greater “sin” than a basic lack of education or knowledge.)

    He’s not saying “it’s racist because you’re picking on black people”. He’s saying, “why that word and not others?” Why would ban the n-word specifically, and not words used to describe Latinos, Asians, white people, etc. Hence him saying “why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”

    And I hate the “but black people use it!” argument when talking about the n-word. They are part of a group, and the rules of their little group make it okay to use it amongst themselves. The offensiveness is gone when used in that context, unlike when it’s used by strangers. It’s not unlike me and my best girl friends. They are allowed to call me a bitch because I know they are just playing around and don’t mean it negatively. But random strangers calling me the same word would get an earful, because they aren’t part of my group and therefore would more than likely be using it as a negative or attacking term.

    Also, some of you seem personally offended that you “can’t use the n-word” and black people can. Is it really that big of an issue for you? Because that’s just pathetic.

  90. nyneal says: Mar 3, 2014 11:00 AM

    While Sherman has proven he’s a dope whenever he opens his mouth, he makes a valid point here. That point being black players are the ones who will be penalized for using the N-word, because they use it far more than any white players do.
    But saying it’s a racist move on the NFL’s part is assinine and typical of how things get twisted when it comes to a subject like this.
    The NFL is misguided in its attempt to stop verbal abuse on the field, but not because they’re racist. They’re misguided because they don’t realize how much of this crap goes on in every game and on every play.
    My feeling is, if someone talks trash — any kind of trash — on the field, let the players deal with it their own way. If that means going after a trash talking guy’s knees, so be it. That’ll stop all this crap in a nano-second.
    I know this. If I were an official and I saw a player demeaning another player with verbal abuse, and the player who was being abused went after that guy’s knees on the next play, I’d leave my flag in my pocket. That’s the only way the guys who are abusive will learn their lesson.

  91. alphaq2 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:01 AM

    Pretty much code for I use the term so often I don’t even realize I’m saying it. I’ll be getting a penalty every other play I’m on the field.

  92. bobbylefestus says: Mar 3, 2014 11:02 AM

    Sherman is ok with black teammates saying it but if white says it then watch out!

  93. spinmasta says: Mar 3, 2014 11:04 AM

    I agree with Sherman it would be absurd for the NFL to try and enforce this rule. But don’t bring this “it’s racist to ban a racist word” argument while trying to make your case because it makes you look like a dumbass.

    The N-word, regardless of who its said by, and what the context is, is racist. If a black person says it to another black person, but not to a white, then thats definitionally racist, regardless of the context its used in.

    I don’t give a rats ass about the double standard here. Lets just be clear that Sherman doesn’t seem to have too much of a problem with the rampant racism on the field and in the lockeroom.

  94. bullcharger says: Mar 3, 2014 11:06 AM

    greggfletch1 says:Mar 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    Either ban it completely or everyone can use it. This just brings up a bigger issue. HOW LONG to I have to be blamed for something my great great grandfather may have done. You want to change culture, you have to change language. Every black person that uses that word will be stuck in the 40s until they stop. Thats why its not so suprising that these black players want this double standard. They think they are still owed something.

    ——————

    That’s exactly what the black youth have done. They took an offensive word and took control of it. That is changing the language. They have taken away the power of the word. They’ve succeeded to the point where an educated person like Sherman referred to it as just another curse word (more or less). That’s progress in a way. You aren’t being blamed for what your great great grandfather may have done, but you do have to live through the recovery of what he may have caused. Something that terrible cant be undone so quickly. We should never forget and we should all understand it will take it’s due course and the process cannot be controlled.

  95. Wineshard says: Mar 3, 2014 11:16 AM

    I suggest banning the use of “N word”. I mean the pseudonym. It is just another way of saying it without actually saying it. It makes you think of the word rather than the speaker taking responsibility for saying it.

    Plus I hate seeing people using the quotes signal while talking (like Joey in Friends). Very annoying.

  96. pizzon says: Mar 3, 2014 11:17 AM

    If its considered racism when a white person uses the word then it should be considered a racist comment if it’s used by a black person as well regardless of the context it is being used in.

  97. bullcharger says: Mar 3, 2014 11:19 AM

    The problem I have with all the posters claiming a double standard, where all should be able to say it or it should be banned, is that I don’t understand why a white person would want to use the N word ever and I don’t understand why a white person would care if a black person uses the word. It shouldn’t be an issue.

    In addition, the rules are already in place in the NFL to deal with this… just enforce a 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanline conduct and if it is extreme throw the player out of the game and consider a fine. It is already at the officials discretion, it doesn’t need to be automatic.

  98. nwfisch says: Mar 3, 2014 11:21 AM

    Richard Sherman is right for once.

  99. greggfletch1 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:25 AM

    I guess its ok for drunks to drive drunk because thats part of their culture.

  100. raiderufan says: Mar 3, 2014 11:26 AM

    Arguing that it’s a double standard is not arguing for the right to use it.

  101. greggfletch1 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:27 AM

    Bullcharger, its because I find the word offensive, I dont want to hear it. A double standard is still a double standard.

  102. spinmasta says: Mar 3, 2014 11:28 AM

    Good lord are some of the arguments on here atrocious.

    “They’ve succeeded to the point where an educated person like Sherman referred to it as just another curse word (more or less). That’s progress in a way.”

    Not entirely. Only from the standpoint the word doesn’t connotate the same level of resentment that it once did. If the word is only applied to a certain race of human beings by a specific race of human beings then what does that mean? It means the word is racist. The word will never not be racist because by its definitionally a racist word. It can loose power, but that doesn’t mean it loses who its applied to.

  103. chargerdillon says: Mar 3, 2014 11:30 AM

    I have to agree with Richard Sherman, do we really what the Refs to also be the word police.

    Think about a game in Seattle when you can virtually hear NOTHING clearly. What’s to stop the game from being manipulated on the basis of thinking words were said.

    The first time a game is decided because of words, the NFL will no longer be the NFL.

  104. greggfletch1 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:34 AM

    I agree with Sherman it would be absurd for the NFL to try and enforce this rule. But don’t bring this “it’s racist to ban a racist word” argument while trying to make your case because it makes you look like a dumbass.

    The N-word, regardless of who its said by, and what the context is, is racist. If a black person says it to another black person, but not to a white, then thats definitionally racist, regardless of the context its used in.

    I don’t give a rats ass about the double standard here. Lets just be clear that Sherman doesn’t seem to have too much of a problem with the rampant racism on the field and in the lockeroom.
    ————————————————–

    Spinmasta, that was a great post, I agree with every word.

  105. PacificNWMark says: Mar 3, 2014 11:35 AM

    A week ago readers on this site were roundly condemning the idea of penalizing the use of this word as ridiculously PC and unworkable. Now Sherman comes our wand essentially agrees with that position and he’s roundly condemned. Where is the consistency?

    Let’s agree the suggested rule change is a joke. Sherman is correct and calling it atrocious.

  106. fringetastic says: Mar 3, 2014 11:37 AM

    I’ll tell you one thing about what is racist about the word: the double standard of who can say it and not be considered a slur.

  107. really2011 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:41 AM

    As a black man I am not a fan of the word and wish that all would stop using it.

    With that said it is irresponsible and simplistic to take the all or nothing approach. Much of language and expression is based on inflection and context. In other words the way a word is used and how it is spoken (tone and inflection) communicate different meanings and intent. In short, most non-blacks don’t use the term as a term of endearment as many blacks do (still ridiculous but true) so it’s not the same.

    We can continue to pretend that all words are created equal, no matter the who and how but if we are honest that isn’t true.

  108. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 3, 2014 11:42 AM

    The word started as a way to insult blacks. Blacks started using it on each other to remove the sting. Since it was used so much the sting began to fade only when used in the proper context.

    Similar to the word b!tch. I’ve heard men and women of all races call each other b!tch, and not get offended. But if someone calls your mother a b!tch you will want to harm them. Its context people. Jackie Chan said the n word in rush our and everyone laughed.

    I’ve been called it by an Asian female friend and laughed. It is context much like many other words. Not about what race uses it. Its how its used.

    Say it with me. Context.

  109. jackburton77 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:42 AM

    jadmakaveli says:
    Mar 3, 2014 10:53 AM
    Its not the same meaning when we use among each other… Tried of white america trying to tell us what we can and cant do, now your gonna tell a black player they cant talk to another black person a certain way in their own lingo? either ban all curse words and nothing at all, you allow people to use any other word but when its the N-word its a issue? this is just something white people wouldnt understand.

    ———————————————-

    What’s up Richard Sherman Jr.

    Play that race card brotha! You are constantly at an advantage with a full house.

  110. rmfp1978 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    Is playing football in the NFL a proffesion? Your at your job so speak professionally, if you can’t understand that then your a hoodlum. It shouldn’t just be the one word but that’s the one that they’re hearing every series. If they heard honkey every down then that’s the word that would be banned.

  111. 3octaveFart says: Mar 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    ..and there’s that mouth again. :roll:

  112. pourman says: Mar 3, 2014 11:55 AM

    There is already a penalty for “unsportsmanlike conduct” used to clean up any unwarranted behavior on the field. Don’t need more stupid rules.

  113. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 3, 2014 11:56 AM

    Racist? Really?

  114. jmcwilliam35 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:56 AM

    I’m glad I never subscribed to the “white guilt trip” bs (so many years of apologizing, and a trillion dollars later). Either you ban the word for everyone, or all are able to use it, period.

  115. nomoreliesfortoday says: Mar 3, 2014 12:03 PM

    So Sherman is saying that black players are too stupid or incapable of adjusting their language in different settings?

    He sounds like the racist one to me.

  116. brettfavresmidget says: Mar 3, 2014 12:07 PM

    I can’t wait for the first ref to slip up and say, “15 yards for saying, ‘n……’”

  117. rc33 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:07 PM

    He’s absolutely right. It’s bad enough defensive players can’t hit anyone, imagine when everyone starts to get penalized for cursing…..atrocious is right.
    ———————————
    If this is correct then the word clearly ain’t all that offensive.
    And should that be the case, it’s high time the media, the PC police and the Rhyming Reverends reassess their positions.

  118. greysolon says: Mar 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    Truly one of the worst ideas in NFL history.

    And it will be even worse when they allow black players to say it, but other races won’t be allowed to.

  119. gward90 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    How can the NFL be serious about banning racial slurs while letting the Redskins keep their name. How can they crack down on offensive language and only target one word?

  120. aldavis4president says: Mar 3, 2014 12:11 PM

    Haha. I’m not black, but its pointless to try and get Caucasians to understand this topic. I won’t even get into it. The whole rileyt cooper thing is amazing to me. Look at what he said, the context behind it. The anger.It wasn’t anything like what players say on the field. Completely unacceptable.

  121. greggfletch1 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:11 PM

    Not you JM, sorry. I had just mentioned it only took them 70 years to get over it and it was deleted.

  122. jr507 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    jf203 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    Richard Sherman is smarter than 90 percent of the people that post on this sight…
    _______________________________

    Says the guy using the wrong form of the word site/sight.

    Sherman’s a clown.

  123. hrmlss says: Mar 3, 2014 12:14 PM

    Either ban it, or make it an accepted word for everyone.

  124. eroomnor2003eroomnor says: Mar 3, 2014 12:26 PM

    Now I’m no expert on the subject, but it seems that this word evokes a greater emotional response in white people than black.

  125. irishmanknowsall says: Mar 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    If I was a referee I’d stop being one. Game is getting too technical with electronic reviews that stop the action and drag on forever. A catch isn’t a catch anymore, and neither is a fumble. The defense can’t hit anybody. Throwing a player to the ground is a penalty. Now the clubhouse jock mentality is under fire, and the league wants to clean up the language. Who needs to be out there in the middle of all this?
    It is a league of college graduates. One would think their language and deportment levels would be higher. Blacks love using the N word towards each other. They can’t help it. To ban it would be like taping their mouths shut.

  126. icanspeel says: Mar 3, 2014 12:32 PM

    Would the rule just reference the N-word or anything deemed racist? I guess it depends what the rule states… but even so, what happens when an official “thinks” they heard something? Or what if they can’t tell which player said it? Opens the door to many issues..

  127. footballchic777 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:41 PM

    If it is so atrocious, why does everyone keep saying the N word instead of saying the word? Because we are all taught it is a bad word.

  128. jackburton77 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:48 PM

    pourman says:
    Mar 3, 2014 11:55 AM
    There is already a penalty for “unsportsmanlike conduct” used to clean up any unwarranted behavior on the field. Don’t need more stupid rules.

    ——————————————

    Best point you can possibly make. /thread

  129. xinellum says: Mar 3, 2014 12:50 PM

    Finally Sherman said something quite intelligently. If the “n” word is banned then what about the other 20 or 30 derogatory terms referring to blacks that are just as bad. Is the “n” word 15 yards and Aunt Jemima, jungle bunny and Uncle Tom is 5 yards, baggy lip, Ubangi lip, blue gum, little black sambo are 10 yards and I guess some of the less insulting like elevator operator, jigaboo and swamp guinea are a loss of a timeout. I don’t know. Is this rule as stupid and insulting as my comment? Close.

  130. darkjediknightmare says: Mar 3, 2014 12:55 PM

    It’s a double standard and an excuse for black players to be able to use that word, but God forbid white players have that same right; they’ll be looked at as the antagonists in the whole scheme of things, resulting in multiple ejections.
    I worked for a company where this became an issue and the black employees were told to stop or lose their jobs; they had to stop and wait until they got outside work for that type of language.
    That being said, for Richard Sherman to keep feeding the fire by saying they shouldn’t could very well cost him his job.

  131. noladat says: Mar 3, 2014 1:00 PM

    The great thing is that African Americans are offended by everything. Every group of people have words that are used to offend them. Just maybe it would be gone already if everyne stopped crying about it already. Yep you can call me a cracker or honky or anything else you want. I know it just means you are to stupid to know how to express yourself. You are loosing the game. It means you are angry and flustered and are trying to get me down to your level. Get over it! Get smart!

    This is a joke just like Sherman is a joke.

  132. ramzyman says: Mar 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    As an African American fan of the game, I am personally embarrassed by the use of the Nword. Its absolutely ridiculous under any circumstance, or in any context. Grow up fellas

  133. mortymcfearson says: Mar 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    Please ban the word honkey as well. I think that word is uttered on approximately 3 plays per season.

  134. iamthorny says: Mar 3, 2014 1:21 PM

    I can just imagine Phil Luckett influencing a game in OT because “he thought” he heard someone using the “N word”.

    Now, the NFL can have audio reviews and well as video reviews.

    Worked well in trying to figure out Favre bounty gate…

  135. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 3, 2014 1:21 PM

    Why doesn’t the league let the players decide if the use of the word on the field during games offends….and in what context it is used should determine the penalty

  136. grayone77 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:22 PM

    The first words Sherman wants banned are “holding” and “pass interference”

  137. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Mar 3, 2014 1:23 PM

    we shouldnt use it so Im not offended by the move at all….. The REPLACEMENT word will be “NINJA” you heard it here 1st and they wont be able to do anything about it….

  138. mrmann0202 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:26 PM

    This is awesome! Racist to ban the word because it doesn’t benefit the blacks. Of course.
    I’ve been around black folks my entire life, including family members. Got news,other than saying it in a derogatory way, the only people offended by this word is the white media and the white soccer moms who have never had a 5 minute conversation with a black person.
    Get over yourselves white people.

  139. contactkylesmith says: Mar 3, 2014 1:28 PM

    jf203 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 9:59 AM
    Richard Sherman is smarter than 90 percent of the people that post on this sight…
    _____________________________

    It’s spelled “site.”

  140. darkjediknightmare says: Mar 3, 2014 1:29 PM

    THANK YOU, RAMZYMAN!!! WHY CAN’T ANYONE ELSE SEE HOW WRONG IT IS?

  141. onlyoneleft says: Mar 3, 2014 1:35 PM

    like most everything, when theory butts heads with reality, things, sometimes, go askew. These are grown men, let them work it out. Words have never hurt me. They do, sometimes, inspire.

  142. bucmaster1 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:41 PM

    It will only hurt the blacks. Thats the only word they use..lol

  143. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:42 PM

    eagleswin says:
    Mar 3, 2014 9:52 AM
    “It’s an atrocious idea,” said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”

    ———————————–

    The hypocrisy of certain subgroups of players amazes me. A Caucasian player was ostracized for saying that word and every talking head in the country was saying that Caucasians should never use that word while players of a different skin color use that word casually and even make millions of dollars for using that word in music.

    Where was Sherman’s outrage when Riley Cooper was being dragged through the mud by the players and media?
    ————–
    cooper is white HE CANT SAY IT
    What don’t you get?
    Plus even if he was given a pass like incognito did in the Dolphin’s locker room or any other white nfl player that video of him saying shows that he was saying it in a racist deragotery way with the intent of hurting their feelings.

    Eagles fans from philly are the worst yall deserved the patriots using spygate to take yall SB away.

  144. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:45 PM

    Plus it all boils down to this it seems now.
    White people being mad that they can’t say it without repercussions.
    Well get over it we can say it yall can’t. Don’t try to come and stop us from saying it on some slave master bullcrap.

  145. rilessea says: Mar 3, 2014 1:46 PM

    People that think the Riley Cooper incident is on par with black players using it in their own contexts.. And then calling Richard Sherman an imbecile…. Wow. I think certain people should be banned from talking about sports. Spawn of Skip Bayless.

  146. 52lightsxout52 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:50 PM

    How are they going to enforce this??? Can it be contested with a replay challenge???

  147. hawkpeddlerhawkpeddler says: Mar 3, 2014 2:01 PM

    I propose that only those of the same race can call each other names pertaining to their own race.

    Of course, since almost everyone is of mixed race, it could get dicey. Who’s to say Riley Cooper doesn’t have some “Bro” in him, or that Richard Sherman doesn’t have some “Cracker” in him.

    Stop the violence! Can’t we all just get along?!!!

    Oh wait, then there won’t be football, MMA, or politics. Nevermind…

  148. ravens533 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:23 PM

    All of these rules like taunting and now this causing sportsmen like conduct are entirely to arbitrary. IF the ref hears it, he MAY choose to call a foul if he thinks it is grievous enough. Talk about subjective! This will easily change a game to someone’s advantage if we are not very careful. I personally thing the whole thing is a bad idea. Since when have refs ever called anything consistently?

  149. Ed Bandell says: Mar 3, 2014 2:24 PM

    “musician0785 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    White people kill me with this, Blacks were put to a double standard for HUNDREDS of years, and all I see is white people crying about how unfair it is that they cant use a word they invented to denigrate. Get over it…there is a double standard, and I’d say that about 400 years of slavery paid for it. Just because you cant see the racism in things, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist..all the white guys trying to tell a Black man what is racist and what is not is dumbfounding. Who do you think has more experience on the issue?”

    Sorry, only other white people can call themselves white. It is a racist term when people of any other race uses it.

    I’d also like to see lots of people call “Dr.” Pharakon to task for his routine and blatant racism against white people. You all want equality, fine. We’ll call it like it is, right down the middle, FOR EVERYBODY. Hate speech is hate speech no matter who is saying it against whatever kinds of people.

    Just if you’re keeping score at home, I am Native American.

  150. Ed Bandell says: Mar 3, 2014 2:25 PM

    If Richard Sherman doesn’t like it, Richard Sherman doesn’t have to play in the NFL. Easy solution.

  151. blitzthepig says: Mar 3, 2014 2:27 PM

    Somebody should tell these MENSA members that its the Fritz Pollard Alliance who is pushing this. I wonder if any of today’s black players even know who Fritz Pollard was and why this group finds their use of the “N” word offensive?

  152. Ed Bandell says: Mar 3, 2014 2:31 PM

    shuttaman1990 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:45 PM

    “Plus it all boils down to this it seems now.
    White people being mad that they can’t say it without repercussions.
    Well get over it we can say it yall can’t. Don’t try to come and stop us from saying it on some slave master bullcrap.”

    I don’t utter the word because I think it is a terrible, degrading term no matter who’s mouth it comes out of, not for any supposed repercussions.

    I live in America the last time I checked and I will say whatever I want. You have a problem with that, take it up with the first amendment.

    The NFL hires employees and can tell their employees what to do. If they say you can’t say a certain word on their fields anymore, guess what? You can’t. Well, you could, but you will incur a penalty. So you can either put up with the rule or stop playing football in the NFL. Have fun in the CFL, USFL, or the Arena Football Leagues.

  153. douchebigelow says: Mar 3, 2014 2:32 PM

    Instead of banning the N word why don’t we just ban N’s???

  154. spinmasta says: Mar 3, 2014 2:43 PM

    The problem with this whole thing isn’t double standards, or who can’t say what or who can say what. The problem is the individuals who believe they are on solid moral ground via applying “context” as an argument for using the N-word. Context does not remove who the word is applied to. It can augment the connotation to a degree, but not the application.

    The application for this word is specifically to black human beings. Or in other words: to a specific race of humans. I’m gonna repeat that: to a SPECIFIC RACE OF HUMANS. That means the word is racist.

    The only possible way you can remove the racism from the N-word is to start applying it to other races. Of course then the word doesn’t make any sense.

  155. mrfrostyj says: Mar 3, 2014 2:49 PM

    I’m all for banning the word. Too many kids (now grown adults) raised in the 90′s who only know the “N” word as slang said in rap songs and have no clue what it means who are then raising their kids the same way (and saying that putting an “a” instead of an “er” at the end makes it different just shows how absolutely ignorant they really are). Because of this you’ve got narrow minded people of other races hearing these kids say it and translating it as “all black people say it to each other” and many times get themselves into trouble (IE Riley Cooper)

    It’s pretty obvious black history wasn’t one of the classes Mr. Sherman took during his cake football scholarship courses at Stanford via his comments.

    The “N” word isn’t “a curse word”. It’s a racist putdown which is meant to degrade the black person who is the recipient as less than a human. In other words its actually offensive in general not just if a white person says it. MANY black people who are actually educated or grew up during the times of high racism are just as offended when these black kids say it as they are if a white person does.

    It kind of blows my mind that excessive trash talking as a whole isn’t enforced as unsportmanlike conduct anyway regardless of the words yet harmlessly celebrating a touchdown is. Kind of shows where the NFL’s priorities are.

  156. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:53 PM

    Ed Bandell says:
    Mar 3, 2014 2:31 PM
    shuttaman1990 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:45 PM

    “Plus it all boils down to this it seems now.
    White people being mad that they can’t say it without repercussions.
    Well get over it we can say it yall can’t. Don’t try to come and stop us from saying it on some slave master bullcrap.”

    I don’t utter the word because I think it is a terrible, degrading term no matter who’s mouth it comes out of, not for any supposed repercussions.

    I live in America the last time I checked and I will say whatever I want. You have a problem with that, take it up with the first amendment.

    The NFL hires employees and can tell their employees what to do. If they say you can’t say a certain word on their fields anymore, guess what? You can’t. Well, you could, but you will incur a penalty. So you can either put up with the rule or stop playing football in the NFL. Have fun in the CFL, USFL, or the Arena Football Leagues.
    ————————————————–
    Sure you can say whatever you want, but if your white and try to say in certain places then be prepared for the consequences.
    Sherman is right, if they want to ban the N word, then they need to ban every other word and that includes the redskins name forcing bob snyder to change the god damn name.
    If not then it’s a penalty targeting african american players for a word they use not as an insult to each other. Yeah it’s racism at his finest. Trying again to control the black population in the league on some slave master bullcrap.

  157. spinmasta says: Mar 3, 2014 2:53 PM

    You know what else is absolutely annoying? Individuals claiming that because I’m not of a specific race that I can’t understand what racism is. As if somehow the word “racism” doesn’t have a specific definition, one that is only comprehensible by a certain race of people. Essentially the argument is that the definition of “racism” is in fact racist. Go figure.

  158. fafaflunky says: Mar 3, 2014 2:54 PM

    what about negro?

  159. osoviejo says: Mar 3, 2014 2:59 PM

    Anyone who thinks this is about white players being “mad” because they can’t use the word is an idiot.

  160. mudhead123 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    Call it like it is. Richard Sherman is an “intelligent” black guy. Let that sink it

  161. bullcharger says: Mar 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    greggfletch1 says:Mar 3, 2014 11:27 AM

    Bullcharger, its because I find the word offensive, I dont want to hear it. A double standard is still a double standard.

    —————–

    If that is true, then you have a point. If you are truly offended by hearing the word, even when black people are saying it to eachother in a wat that indicates friendship, then that is sound logic that it would be a double standard.

    I guess you didn’t buy one of the 50 million albums Jay-Z sold in the last 20 years or the countless other great songs by hip hop artists that use the N word in their music. You are missing out on some great songs.

  162. mikeinthevine says: Mar 3, 2014 5:18 PM

    Just play the damn games on a Play Station and televise them. It would save everyone a lot of time and money!

  163. psly2124 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:25 PM

    You can’t have it both ways. If blacks say it, then so should whites. If blacks say it it shouldn’t be deemed offensive. Pretty cut and dry if you ask me.

  164. psly2124 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:25 PM

    You can’t have it both ways. If blacks say it, then so should whites. If blacks say it it shouldn’t be deemed offensive. Pretty cut and dry if you ask me.

  165. hardspun says: Mar 3, 2014 10:49 PM

    I’m quite concerned that that a team of ventriloquists could very well win the Super Bowl if this rule is strictly enforced.

  166. jollyjoker2 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:22 PM

    Coon, Cracker, MarshMellow, oreo, bat, …hey, I am offended just being on this site.

  167. jollyjoker2 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:25 PM

    I wonder what instant replay will have to say about this…”His lips were moving on the play”

  168. campcouch says: Mar 4, 2014 1:13 AM

    I’ll admit that I used the word a lot growing up. Not around the house because no one at home used it,but out with friends. One day my aunt caught me saying it and besides smacking me upside my head, she asked why was I using it. I told her it’s what we call each other. She asked me if I would call her, my grandfather or my mother that. Of course not. That ended my use of the word because it made sense. If I found that this term of “endearment” was something I would not refer my own family as, why use it to address someone else. Now I cringe whenever I hear this in public because I see the discomfort that it brings to people unaccustomed to hearing it. Ban it. It’s just as a degrading word from blacks as it would be from any other race no matter how you try to “culture” it. Big difference than calling someone an a-hole or telling someone to f-off.

  169. rltmd317 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:33 AM

    What is an atrocious idea is that one group of people can say something while if another group says the exact same thing their life is ruined. That is not America. That in itself is racism and everyday it becomes more apparent how racist black America actually is.

  170. achillesofwooters says: Mar 4, 2014 8:55 AM

    While I disagree with Sherman’s take on this, the enforcement of another rule that requires refs to make another judgment call (because they’re soooooo adept at determining the difference between a player hitting to the head or to the shoulder…) is just asking for a heap of unintended consequences. I’m all for banning offensive language of all kinds on the field in principle, but there’s just no way to enforce it without screwing up in ways that can alter the outcome of games.

  171. rho1953 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:44 AM

    Pretty hard to ban a specific word, so they will have to ban the use of racial insults. Doesn’t it require banning rap and hip hop music from the locker rooms?

  172. harpdog says: Mar 4, 2014 1:02 PM

    What is the Official hand signal for abusive language going to be, the hand in a “C” position with thumb on bottom and the other fingers moving in an up and down motion touching the thumb as a sign for talking or yapping.

  173. 1historian says: Mar 4, 2014 9:39 PM

    The ‘N’ word – Nerd

    There – I said it.

    The ‘F’ word – Fred

    There – I said it.

    I feel much better now.

  174. Ed Bandell says: Mar 5, 2014 1:58 AM

    shuttaman1990 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:53 PM

    “Sure you can say whatever you want, but if your white and try to say in certain places then be prepared for the consequences.”

    A few dead people when I walk away from my right to self defense? Okay.

    If a word incites people to riot, then there is something seriously flawed with that group of people. Then I guess the same should apply if a “black person” walks into a country-western bar and says “red-neck” or some other term. He should expect to get his hind quarters kicked and that is okay?

    Is that how society should function? If so, it is a sad state of affairs.

    “Sherman is right, if they want to ban the N word, then they need to ban every other word and that includes the redskins name forcing bob snyder to change the god damn name.”

    Sherman is absolutely wrong. He doesn’t make the rules, he only gets to follow them as a member of the NFLPA and of the NFL. If he does not agree with those rules, he can simply terminate his relationship with both. Simple.

    “If not then it’s a penalty targeting african american players for a word they use not as an insult to each other. Yeah it’s racism at his finest. Trying again to control the black population in the league on some slave master bullcrap.”

    You need to listen to Jamie Foxx when he talks about Katt Williams. It is on youtube, easy enough to find. You listen to that and I dare you to come back here and tell me that Jamie Foxx is using the “N” word as something that isn’t an insult, or an attempt to put down Katt Williams, and instead he is using it as a term of endearment. Please.

    You need to wake up and realize that the term is demeaning and degrading and you should either respect yourself enough to not allow ANYONE to call you such a name, or you shouldn’t be stupid enough to not realize that the term is in essence a very derogatory term, no matter who uses it. You also need to realize that if a word is not okay for all to say, it is not okay for any to say. Period. End of discussion.

  175. buzzardpointlookout says: Mar 5, 2014 11:38 AM

    The NFL could always just start fining guys $5,275 for every time they use it. That might help.
    ___________________________________

    Bankruptcy attorneys in every NFL city are licking their chops at this suggestion.

    In about 5 years the NFL is going to be so over-legislated with PC garbage that it will have become unwatchable.

    And wait until a white player in a scrum is flagged for using the n-word. He’ll be vilified even if it was someone else using the slur.

  176. cmehearme says: Mar 5, 2014 12:47 PM

    Hey fellas, that word was invented by WHITE PEOPLE to categorize black slaves as ignorant and uncivilized, and you think it’s a term of endearment?
    But hey 1st ammendment, go for it. You are free to be as dumb as you want.

  177. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 7, 2014 10:38 AM

    It’s going to be a PR nightmare for the league if they outlaw the use of 1 racial slur but allow the use of another in one of it’s team’s names….

    #thatteamfromwashington

  178. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 8, 2014 3:05 PM

    I agree with the sentiments of “8to80texansblog”

  179. whitelotus88 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:44 PM

    @Ed Bandell I wonder if you have any idea how ridiculous you sound. And I quote: “You need to wake up and realize that the term is demeaning and degrading and you should either respect yourself enough to not allow ANYONE to call you such a name”

    Ed needs to wake up and realize that if someone ran full force into you and drove you into the ground that’s a football play. We’re talking football here, we’re not talking about walking in the park with Grandma in tow. We’re talking about a violent sport where bone crushing hits are part and parcel of the game.

    These guys are more than amped up. It’s also fair to say Ed’s never been to an NFL football game in his life. Go to a Raider’s game Ed. The children in the stands yell slurs that are far worse than the ‘N’ word.

  180. macbofisbil says: Mar 10, 2014 2:52 AM

    The NFL is becoming too ‘sanitized’ and it really is questioning my loyalty to the sport. Football is supposed to be about battling it out on the field and letting your emotions fly and talking smack with the other players, not this ‘restricted’ crap that Roger Goodell and co is pulling. I know it’s for safety sake but I miss the days when defensive players could hit hard, in any area, and literally knock some teeth out. And as one commenter said, it would suck if a game was decided because a player said a naughty word. One bad word, not even including the more taboo kind of TV.
    What’s next for the No Fun League, a penalty box like the NHL?

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