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Doug Baldwin: In the NFL, the N-word is a term of endearment


Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin is strongly opposed to the proposal to penalize players for using the N-word on the field, saying he has never heard the word used as a racial slur and only heard it used from one black player to another.

“I think it’s absurd,” Baldwin said, via the News Tribune. “I understand Roger Goodell and his safety council, or whoever they are, they’re trying to do this with good intentions. . . . Maybe. But, if you look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African-Americans. Whether whoever wants to agree with it or not, we have turned it kind of into a term of endearment. So, for the rule to specifically to hone in on one word, it’s kind of odd to me when there’s so many other things that are more offensive that have been said on the football field. That word, like you’ve heard many guys say, they’ve never heard it towards them in a disrespectful way [on the field]. It’s more of a term of endearment. Never heard it from the opposite race, so the only people they are really going at are African-Americans.”

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which has worked with the NFL on issues related to increasing the number of black coaches and generally promoting diversity, is urging the NFL to make it a 15-yard penalty for any player to use the N-word during a game, regardless of the player’s intent or the color of the player’s skin. Baldwin thinks that’s a bad idea.

“If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language,” Baldwin said. “Not one particular word that is only used by one particular group.”

The NFL already has a rule banning the use of abusive or insulting language, and so a new rule may not need to be passed. And in Baldwin’s opinion, when the N-word is used in the NFL, it’s neither abusive nor insulting.

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173 Responses to “Doug Baldwin: In the NFL, the N-word is a term of endearment”
  1. tvjules says: Mar 4, 2014 7:14 AM

    With all the missed calls that the refs make, how can they be trusted to do this?
    Leave it alone.

  2. pgolf3 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:19 AM

    Hey kid, get a friggin clue huh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. libradad53 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:23 AM

    But, why should their work place be any different from my work place? or a school yard?

  4. pattunya says: Mar 4, 2014 7:23 AM

    Nicely said Mr. Baldwin. Ahh. The youth of America. Such promise.

  5. packattack1967 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:23 AM

    Rich liberal white guys telling a brother what to say and do has never worked out well in the past. Let men be men, people be themselves.

  6. fester73 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:24 AM

    Look the word up in the dictionary and see the meaning if it, if a bunch of idiots want to insult themselves them let them, all it does it show how smart they really are.

  7. thevikesarebest says: Mar 4, 2014 7:25 AM

    The vikings are the cream of the crop.the seahawks are the cream that is left over on the bed after your dad’s are done making you.Minnesota>seadderall.SKOL

  8. whooligun says: Mar 4, 2014 7:25 AM

    Just what the NFL needs…more rules.

  9. chut26 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:26 AM

    Why were so many people upset with Riley Cooper?

  10. iwantrudytodressforme says: Mar 4, 2014 7:27 AM

    Sad that this viewpoint is a slap in the face to a lot of hard fought victories that came before this young man stepped foot on this earth.

  11. amebrah says: Mar 4, 2014 7:27 AM

    He has a point. “If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language not one particular word that is only used by one particular group.” Regardless of who uses the N word or not, it’s not the only offensive language being said. Targeting one word isn’t going to help unless you include everything else offensive players say. And the penalty is also way too severe, giving more power to the refs to dictate the way games are being played and how bad they are officiated.

  12. duffelbagsports says: Mar 4, 2014 7:28 AM

    Sorry Doug, with the history behind that name it can never be a term of endearment no matter how you want to characterize it. Not only should it be banned from the NFL it should be banned from our community. It’s a disgrace that grown African-American men would even try to validate it. That shows a lack of understanding of our history in this country. You probably also dance to rap music which calls the women in our community b*tches and wh*res.

  13. exnavysub says: Mar 4, 2014 7:28 AM

    Endearment where if anyone of the wrong color says it, they are suddenly racist….

    Whatever. I dont understand that huge desire for some of them to want to say it all. Its 2014, is it really necessary to say it at all, in any form?

    Say it all you want, you just sound immature and foolish, no matter your color.

  14. jmason100 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:36 AM

    Not a huge fan of one word meaning something “different” because of who says it. Sorry, no matter the color of your skin that word will get you terminated where I work.

    Same should go for all work places.

    No one gets the right to choose “when” and “how” the word gets used. Too subjective which lends itself to vicious attacks on people if they “mean” one thing and someone else “thinks” it meant another.

  15. cwwgk says: Mar 4, 2014 7:37 AM

    Hardly the only example, but this is the problem with double standards. They work against all races in all types of situations. Nonetheless, one segment of the population can’t have it both ways. Either an act is wrong or it is not. Who commits it is irrelevant. Conversely, if a word uttered by one member of the population is acceptable then it should be for all. Those offended by the word need to decide.

  16. ballinmore says: Mar 4, 2014 7:39 AM

    Why are we letting a bunch of white guys determine what terms African Americans can use on the football field? Seems racist.

  17. thejuddstir says: Mar 4, 2014 7:42 AM

    Our entire damn society is going to hell because of the softies and progressives. Get some thick skin, eat a little dirt and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and quit your damn cryin’.

  18. rahavort says: Mar 4, 2014 7:42 AM

    C’mon just play the freakin game, that’s what they get paid to do. This isn’t 4th grade recess football

  19. footballfan58 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:42 AM

    So now the N word is a term of endearment while the name “Redskins” is offensive?

    Saying that this is a term of endearment shows this guys complete lack of respect for his ancestors.

  20. raiderufan says: Mar 4, 2014 7:43 AM

    I hate this conversation. It’s so ignorant.

    The rule can’t be enforced so it shouldn’t be implemented. The term is disgusting so it shouldn’t be used. I see it used all the time in an aggressive angry manner. Term of endearment my a$$. Go to any number of video sites that have fight videos or anything of that nature and hear how many times its said before one black man beats another nearly to death….give me a break.

    It’s a hate fueled word that is used in hateful situations WAY more than endearing situations and they just sound dumb using it.

  21. cuda1234 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:43 AM

    Real civil right leaders died trying to make sure blacks and white played by the same rules. Now this generation of blacks wants to reverse that and judge people by the color of their skin not by the content of their character.

    After separate language rules, what’s next? Maybe separate water fountains, restrooms and dining halls?

  22. jvlennon81 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:44 AM

    I just watched “12 Years a Slave” and when them white folks said the “N” word, it didn’t sound endearing at all.

  23. gromgrimfist says: Mar 4, 2014 7:45 AM

    Are you that blind for what your ancestors fought for that you would use that word at all. The word itself means ignorant and is why it was used on uneducated slaves. So your term of endearment is calling your friend ignorant congratulations on being ignorant yourself. If a non black player says it they are racist right? So please tell me why it so ok for yourself to say it? Just my point of view but please explain and help me understand.

  24. puckthefatriots says: Mar 4, 2014 7:46 AM

    Baldwin and others need to educate themselves on the true meaning of the word. An offensvie word is an offensive word. You can’t turn it into a term of endearment.

  25. earlofoxford17 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:47 AM

    Don’t they already have a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct? And one for taunting?

    As much as I hate to say it, let the refs decide when and what kind of language is inappropriate.

  26. qdog112 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:50 AM

    I respect and admire Baldwin, but he’s wrong on this. His logic is that it’s a term of endearment, well, what happens when a player who is not black uses it that way? After all, we know certain players get license to do it, right? What happens when a black player who doesn’t know the white player has “license”, hears it?

    Can he be upset? It’s a slippery slope. Besides being a term of endearment, it’s also the word used when a black player wants to demonstrate how angry he is toward another. That is every fight between black players, includes at least one of them saying it in anger.

    If it’s not allowed in the league office, then should it be OK at the players workplace, which is the field?

  27. John E. says: Mar 4, 2014 7:52 AM

    It’s a slippery slope. You ban the N-word as offensive and what’s next? You ban “Redskins” too?

  28. tundratommy says: Mar 4, 2014 7:56 AM

    OK….game on. I will now start using it and then explain the endearment angle.

  29. mjhutmkr says: Mar 4, 2014 7:56 AM

    If it’s such an offensive word, it needs to be stricken form everyone’s vocabulary.

  30. eaglesw00t says: Mar 4, 2014 7:56 AM

    Yeah, and everyone endeared Riley Cooper when he said it, right? If you’re going to give him that much grief for saying that word, it should NEVER be a term of endearment

  31. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 4, 2014 8:00 AM

    Hate speech is hate speech. If you’re going to claim it one way and bring multiple million dollar lawsuits against individuals, organizations and companies then you have to be prepared to obey the law you just used, in your own favor to your own benefit.

  32. somatg3 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:02 AM

    The refs have enough on their plate as it is. Now you want them to listen for the n word and then try to interpret how the word was used? Yeah right. The NFL is just throwing this out for PR purposes.

  33. unkleruckus says: Mar 4, 2014 8:02 AM

    Kids used to say lets get “hyped”, then it became “crunk”, now they say “turn up”, words change all the time in our culture, but for some reason you want me to believe that we can’t find a word that can be used as a term of endearment to replace the N word. What are the words “beast”, “dog”, and “monster” for…that’s right, they are words that are used today in our culture as terms of endearments or compliments. Don’t tell us you can’t use other words to convey what you want. Just say you’re lazy, unimaginative, and your vocabulary and Brian are limited .

  34. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 4, 2014 8:02 AM

    These are grown men playing a violent, contentious sport. I have no problem with what they say to each other during a game. The refs can tell if a player is unnecessarily being abused (even without the use of that word). Rules are already in place. Please stop trying to micromanage morality NFL. Please stop making new rules every season. We can’t even compare great players or teams from different eras because the rules are changed EVERY year. It’s getting really pathetic.

  35. whentheleveonbreaks says: Mar 4, 2014 8:03 AM

    And when the list of offensive words are finalized, new offensive words will be discoverd/uncovered and the list will be updated more often than the Android operating system. This is tailchasing at its finest.

  36. jebsta16 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:03 AM

    He is saying in his statement the very reason it should be banned, it is only ok for a certain group to use it. How is it not racist that white people can’t say it. Afterall, it doesn’t carry the same meaning if said in a certain manner, correct?

  37. manilarizzo says: Mar 4, 2014 8:03 AM

    First, I’m not black. But c’mon with the endearment crap. I get it. And Doug is actually speaking the truth. I grew up in DC and have spent the second half of my life on the outside looking in from Alaska, Utah and the Philippines……But it’s wrong. And many if not most blacks outside of sports and the rap scene agree the word os harmful and should be an unspoken word anywhere. With that said, I agree that any profane or similar language should be categorized with it for equal penalty. If the N Word persists at its current pace, it becomes a household word nearly all of us would prefer to do away with entirely.

    To be fair, I’m a Redskin fan who doesn’t want to change our name because I’m proud. BUT if the majority ever agrees we should, I’ll be okay with it. So like Doug, I have a perspective. But I at least have a bigger point of view.

  38. ketch20too says: Mar 4, 2014 8:04 AM

    “opposite race”?!?!?

    When they ban the use of the word Redskins….They can be taken seriously

  39. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 4, 2014 8:04 AM

    But “Redskin” is a bad word….. Bunch a mixed up fools

  40. britishteeth says: Mar 4, 2014 8:06 AM

    Fear not. There is not a single example of things going wrong when old white men are making the rules.

  41. gsomatt says: Mar 4, 2014 8:07 AM

    All the players that want it left on the field and in the locker room then have to accept it being said by the fans to them off the field without being offended.

    Can’t have separate-but-equal, remember?

  42. dolfan4ever says: Mar 4, 2014 8:08 AM

    AMAZING…From one Shehawk to another….so as a white man in the NFL (racist or not) it would be considered by players (black or white) OK for me to walk around calling everyone a nigg@ then? Get outta here!

    You and Dick Sherman should sit in a room and just have conversations with eachother, after all the only thing that comes out of your mouths is “Endearment” terms!

  43. ryanbaker0303 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:13 AM

    I don’t understand people like Doug Baldwin’s stance on this matter. He says he has never heard people of the opposite race say it. Is there a such thing as the “opposite race” ? Does that mean white players ? What about the other races in football? What if they say the word ? And what about the word cracker? You don’t hear white people calling each other that as a term of endearment. I don’t play in the league but I’m sure that word gets thrown around on the field a lot by black players. That should be a 15 yard penalty for anybody saying it as should the other word. Doug Baldwin needs to shut his mouth and play football.

  44. classyjacklambert says: Mar 4, 2014 8:14 AM

    That’s what Riley Cooper said last year!

  45. ryanbaker0303 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:17 AM

    The players play and the suits make the rules. If the players don’t want to abide by the rules that the suits make, then they don’t get the check that the suits writes.

  46. JackedUpSports says: Mar 4, 2014 8:18 AM

    this is a sensitive topic that should be left alone

  47. huskerguy says: Mar 4, 2014 8:19 AM

    I must be old… Good sportsmanship has turned into insulting, trash talking BS. Whatever happened to letting your play do the talking?

    If you don’t like it, quit the sport.

  48. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 4, 2014 8:19 AM

    I can’t even imagine watching an NFL game for the first time and trying to figure out the rules. How are you going to expand internationally, Roger Goodell, if people can’t understand the damn rules or the logic of the rules? And the broadcasters/analysts/former players don’t know them either…every flag thrown during a broadcast is followed by conjecture until the ref tells us what stupid judgment call they just made…then the awkward agreement from the guys in the booth who have no idea what just happened.

  49. irishgary says: Mar 4, 2014 8:21 AM

    This guy is just another idiot on the Seahawks, of course its only used by black players on the field. If a white guy says it he’s a racist.
    Either anyone can say it or no one can say it. I would hope that the word is dropped by everyone.

  50. GBwomenrhot says: Mar 4, 2014 8:23 AM

    Yes Doug, been that way for years on the Streets….it might just be the first rule the Officials say ‘screw you’ too and not call.

  51. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:24 AM

    So how is it okay for African-Americans to use and call each other the n-word, but if whites use it, suddenly it’s offensive and they’re racist?

    It either needs to be: Anyone can use it or no one can use it. Not both ways.

  52. eagleswin says: Mar 4, 2014 8:25 AM

    amebrah says:
    Mar 4, 2014 7:27 AM
    He has a point. “If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language not one particular word that is only used by one particular group.” Regardless of who uses the N word or not, it’s not the only offensive language being said. Targeting one word isn’t going to help unless you include everything else offensive players say.


    If Riley Cooper had said any one of a multitude of other words instead of the single one he did use there would not have been a Youtube video. If he had used any number of other offensive words there wouldn’t have been dozens of reporters shoving microphones in the face of black NFL players asking how they felt about Cooper using that term.

    I don’t see the kind of public outcry when people are swearing on the field or in public that I do when that singular term is used. They certainly don’t merit hours and hours of commentary.

    The fact is we’re still talking about this nearly a year after it happened while countless other offensive words have been said and ignored by the media.

  53. conormacleod says: Mar 4, 2014 8:26 AM

    His ancestors must be proud.

  54. shawn35 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:28 AM

    So if the n word is a term of endearment why was every one so mad at Riley Cooper? The way I have read the rule it is talking about any racial slur. Why are we just worried about the n word. I think it is so stupid and racist for colored people to feel it is fine to be called that by an other colored person but if a white, Chinese, Mexican, or any other race calls you that . You want to fight. Makes no sense. Who is racist

  55. godfatherd says: Mar 4, 2014 8:31 AM

    If it was a term of endearment, anyone would be able to say it.

  56. pattunya says: Mar 4, 2014 8:31 AM

    It is clear why he makes a living catching a football and running fast and not teaching a history class.

  57. ivyent says: Mar 4, 2014 8:32 AM

    This guy is a complete idiot. Blacks have been trying to be liberated from this word for over a 100 years. If it’s a term of endearment then it should not bother him when a white person calls him that!!!!!

  58. burrito12 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:33 AM

    Do you think MLK would be calling his fellow African-Americans that word?

  59. titansbro says: Mar 4, 2014 8:34 AM

    He’s right, not about the word itself, but the other language on the field. There are way, way worse things said on the field than this. I would hate to see a team lose a game because of a penalty for word said by a player to another player that neither of them thought was offensive.

  60. reed20fence says: Mar 4, 2014 8:38 AM

    This is a professional league. These men are coming in to a career and professional working environment out of college. Why shouldn’t the rights and responsibilities of a professional workplace apply to them?

    The more we think of professional sports as an exceptional work environment, the more we’re delaying these kids maturation.

  61. jackburton77 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:42 AM

    Sherman and Baldwin being the tandem mouthpieces for this movement should tell you everything you need to know.

  62. jackn2482 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:42 AM

    This type of “endearment” mentality is what perpetuates the use of the word. It is one of the most loaded and derogatory words in our language–and for that one reason alone it shouldn’t be used by anyone.

    As long as African-Americans condone the use of the word among themselves, it will continually be used by those who THEY think shouldn’t be using it.

    Not saying this is an offense that should be penalized on the field. It starts in the home, then the locker room, then makes it way to the field.

  63. rockthered1286 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:43 AM

    So to be clear: Black guy says it? Term of endearment. White guy says it? Racist. Got it.

    I’m 100% on board with this move. I do think it should be ALL racially derogatory words, but this is being targeted because it’s the most commonly used on the field AND it’s not the owners specifically- comes back to John Wooten yet again!

    But to isolate all of the white players by saying it’s ONLY offensive if they say it is bogus. If we let that rule apply (only black guys can say it) then only white guys can say cracka, and only gay players can use gay slurs. Fair? Didn’t think so. Ban all racial slurs and be done with it.

  64. wyrdawg says: Mar 4, 2014 8:48 AM

    Perhaps you can find the definition of “double standard” in 140 characters, or less, on the internet?

    Until this becomes a very weird rule that’s impossible to enforce, I would think NFL players would steer clear from answering these questions. Unless you’re bored… or something…

  65. isphet71 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:51 AM

    If white guys aren’t allowed to say it, too, then it shouldn’t be said.

    Racism does work both ways, sorry. Especially in the NFL where white guys are the minority.

  66. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 4, 2014 8:52 AM

    Yeah, but you are a product for consumers, and that’s all. The NFL is not yours.

  67. luther6 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:57 AM

    You simply cannot have a term that for some people is a term of endearment but in another context can completely lay waste to a person’s life. This is not equality. Either the term is offensive or it is innocuous. You cannot have it both ways.

    People like Baldwin need to rethink this issue. Of course, that assumes they are competent to think in the first place, which they are not. And this brings me to another point…

    This really isn’t news. I remember when this website used to talk about football.

  68. nomoreliesfortoday says: Mar 4, 2014 8:59 AM

    Is Doug Baldwin suggesting that NFL players and particularly African-American players are incapable of adjusting their language based on setting, i.e. the work place, or public stage.

  69. markk122 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:02 AM

    So the word that is so bad you don’t even say the entire word (you call it the “N-word”), is okay for black people to say but not white people? What is the logic there? That sounds exactly like….. racism.

    If he truly knew and respected what African Americans had to go through , he wouldn’t even say “N-word”.

  70. tvguy22 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:03 AM

    Well clearly this Doug Baldwin fellow is a racist. Oh wait…

  71. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 4, 2014 9:04 AM

    Baldwin has a very good point. There are some really nasty things said on a football field. How nasty is subjective. Tea and crumpets for everyone instead. What a joke.

  72. paulz624 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:04 AM

    So if the word is a term of endearment is it ok for White players to use it on the football field? I would love to see the reaction from everyone if a white player said it to a black player on the field then say he was saying it as a term of endearment, please! Get rid of the word!

  73. EJ says: Mar 4, 2014 9:06 AM

    duffelbagsports says:
    Mar 4, 2014 7:28 AM
    Sorry Doug, with the history behind that name it can never be a term of endearment no matter how you want to characterize it. Not only should it be banned from the NFL it should be banned from our community. It’s a disgrace that grown African-American men would even try to validate it. That shows a lack of understanding of our history in this country. You probably also dance to rap music which calls the women in our community b*tches and wh*res.
    I absolutely agree. This couldn’t have been said any better. Two thumbs up.

  74. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Mar 4, 2014 9:06 AM

    c’mon you know its racist by the way ppl use it man…

    and alll the bs about if one can say we all should is a joke…no one is going to tell me how i should feel about that word and when I’m allowed to say it.. i have no problem with anyone saying it..but how they say it

  75. swoopthereitis says: Mar 4, 2014 9:09 AM

    Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin should watch Django, and during the scene where Jamie Foxx (Django) racially belittles and berates black slaves, see if he feels comfortable with that, just ’cause Django is also black.

  76. realskipbayless says: Mar 4, 2014 9:09 AM

    I know R Copper didn’t say it in the nicest tone but when he said it all Hell broke loose and probably would have lost his job if all the wr were healthy.

  77. realdealsteel says: Mar 4, 2014 9:09 AM

    Endearment where if anyone of the wrong color says it, they are suddenly racist….

    Whatever. I dont understand that huge desire for some of them to want to say it all. Its 2014, is it really necessary to say it at all, in any form?

    Say it all you want, you just sound immature and foolish, no matter your color.

    Yep…Blacks can say it to blacks and it means one thing; but if an outside race says it to a black person, it means something else. That’s the way it is. I know you don’t understand it. And from the outside looking in, I know it seems strange. But it’s a thing that is understood in the Black community and unless your Black, you’ll never understand it. So just accept it and move on.

    Just like you accept other races religious and cultural practices, you have to accept this is something unique unto them and their understanding. Trust me and let’s go from there.

  78. bworacle says: Mar 4, 2014 9:13 AM

    If it’s wrong for one person to use the word, then it’s wrong for everyone to use it (regardless of pronunciation). If you don’t want anyone to use the N-word in a derogatory manner directed at you, don’t encourage it’s use at all.

  79. bitw44 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:13 AM

    The way things are going in the world lately im the NFL will decide the following for the use of the n-word:

    Black/Hispanic players: No Foul or fine
    White players: 15 yard penalty $75,000 fine
    Officials: Fired
    HC or Coordinator: $250,000 fine
    Other coaches: Fired


  80. fredgsamford says: Mar 4, 2014 9:16 AM

    Just as endearing as Riley Cooper got from his teammates. Just like any white man that says the “N” word would receive. In the eyes of many blacks its ok for black to use this this word. But try to have a white man say it. Then it is offensive. Split the word and work is on. Al Sharton and his group would be here like white on rice. So before you call it term of endearment you need to make sure it for everyone not just the blacks. I am throw the race card this time!!! Equal treat for all, only when it applies!!!!!!!

  81. skinsassembled says: Mar 4, 2014 9:17 AM

    So the N-word can be used as a term of endearment if the person using it doesn’t imply racism? So it’s ok?

    Well – great!
    I guess the whole argument against the Redskins name is invalid at this point then, huh?

  82. lgbarn says: Mar 4, 2014 9:17 AM

    These guys don’t speak for me. White or black, don’t call me that name. Freaking rap music sensitizes something that makes me angry when I have been called that many times. Not all black people use that kind of language and I can tell you that my family certainly frowns on it.

  83. fooseball1234 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:19 AM

    This is what happens when you get the opinion of younger guys who really don’t grasp the history of one of the most offensive words in the English language….all these kids know is what the hear/see in the entertainment industry where the word is used daily and somehow that makes it okay.

  84. imjinrat says: Mar 4, 2014 9:22 AM

    What’s absurd is there is a word commonly used by one race that represents hatred and violence against that same race will trigger hatred and violence when used by another race could ever be considered a term of endearment.

  85. jackburton77 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:29 AM

    To people saying “impossible to enforce”..please stop not making sense.

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct already exists. They tie it into that. Think….

  86. osiris33 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:34 AM

    Maybe young black men fully understand the history of the N-bomb, and just don’t care because we don’t live in that world anymore and most of them never did.

    Novel concept

    Stupid rule anyway. Trash talk is not something refs need to be worrying about.

  87. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:36 AM

    I can understand why Doug Baldwin and other African-American players are displeased with this. Their displeasure is because they are looking at Roger Goodell as the culprit, but it’s not Goodell’s issue, it’s the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

    I can’t stand hearing that the “N” word is a term of endearment. I don’t care how it’s being used now, the fact is the word has negative derivation.

    Mr. Baldwin should think about his ancestors that were called that term out of hate, not endearment.

  88. nologolover says: Mar 4, 2014 9:40 AM

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have a union and a collective bargaining agreement; workplace safety issues and initiatives; lawsuits over concussions, etc. without having a true and legal ‘workplace’. The N-word or ANY OTHER obscenity is unacceptable in the workplace. The locker room AND field of play are a true and legal workplaces.

  89. mrobinson14 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:41 AM

    Seriously Doug? I’m white and in high school. I tell my friends that use that term that I’m disgusted. I know that it may be a “term of endearment” for some, but think of the history behind it. If you can’t respect your own ancestors, how can you respect yourself?

  90. athwartships says: Mar 4, 2014 9:41 AM

    “The NFL already has a rule banning the use of abusive or insulting language, and so a new rule may not need to be passed”

    If this is true then why is one word a thing?

    League needs to get over itself and stop focussing so much energy on being a mother hen.

  91. schmitty2 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:55 AM

    Martin Luther King must be rolling over in his grave right now listening to these idiots.

  92. annapterp says: Mar 4, 2014 9:56 AM

    And that idiotic statement says it all. The reason the word is still prevalent is because it is used so freely in the black community. Older black people should be disgusted with they black youth that continue to embrace the use of the word. But somehow its ok and its racist of white people use it. Can’t have it both ways. If they word is OK, then fine, lets put it in the dictionary and use it freely in society. What a moronic statement to say. Didn’t this loser go to Stanford? Obviously he didn’t learn much.

  93. sidepull says: Mar 4, 2014 9:58 AM

    Geprge Carlins seven words you cant say on TV back in the day are now commonplace. I hate the word. Yet cultural changes are what they are. White folks have used the word with the most hateful racist intent. White folks ought to never use the word period. I used to be of the mind that anybody who said it to me, of any color, all their noses break the same. Now not so much because I understand times have changed. That word is not going away. Fine all you want but you ought to consider fining all offensive language.

  94. rmaxmaicon says: Mar 4, 2014 9:59 AM

    Maybe if he watched 12 YEARS A SLAVE, he may change his mind.

  95. stickyicky97 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:59 AM

    If the word is racial slur, it should be banned (or at least condemned and not used). Saying it’s a term of endearment is a scapegoat. I’ve heard countless players say “F*ck you n*gga! That certainly isn’t a term of endearment. The lack of double standards is ridiculous. If blacks every want to rise above racism then stop using the word. They glorify it rap songs and in every day speak, then get offended when a white person says it even if they mean in in a term of “endearment”. You can’t have it both ways. Just stop using the word and move on.

  96. pillowporkers says: Mar 4, 2014 10:03 AM

    Words are and always will be judged by intent. Does the NFL act like they can get rid of this word? It’s ingrained into society. It will never go away. There was too much history there. Yes, it is ok for seperate words to have seperate intent. I don’t talk the same to my friends hanging out watching the football game as I would at work or to my mother, just like everyone else on this thread. How fake would life be if you talked in your politically correct work tone all the time? If people can’t admit that, they are a hypocrit. I 100% agree with Doug Baldwin on this one.

  97. mickton says: Mar 4, 2014 10:11 AM

    Wait till someone calls Michael Sam a butt pirate, new rules will be coming down the pipe for that too

  98. stickyicky97 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:13 AM

    And some on here are saying it’s a black thing and whites just don’t understand. Can you imagine the uproar if a white person said “it’s a white thing, you blacks just don’t understand our culture”? All hell would break loose. I’m sick of the lack of double standards. If any word is a racial slur, then any race that uses it should be condemned. Blacks that say it’s a term of endearment just sound ignorant for embracing a racial slur…..and don’t give me this crap of taking a negative and making it a positive. Demand that everyone stops using it……and why you’re at it stop saying “Ax” instead of “Ask”….you just sound stupid saying it that way. But I’m white, so I guess I just don’t understand the need to mispronounce words on purpose as being part of a culture. Shoot for the stars, folks! You’re doing great.

  99. phinmaster says: Mar 4, 2014 10:16 AM

    This is one of the reasons why this rule was proposed. The N word is a DIRTY, DEMEANING WORD!! But it seems dumb people like Charles Barkley, Doug Baldwin, Mike Pouncey, Michael Wilbon, Stewart Scott, Jay Z and Drake don’t get it. So the NFL may be trying to help them out. Maybe they will now take a little time out of their busy schedule do a little research of what that word really means.

  100. gerrybertier says: Mar 4, 2014 10:20 AM

    Not condoning the use of the word what so ever but comparing an nfl locker room/field to other workplaces is extremely ignorant

  101. akuma9000 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    Every time I log onto this site to catch up on the latest news I’m reading about Seattle Seahawks players having a problem with banning this word so they obviously are the biggest offenders in using it during a game. I’m sick and tired of this “I want it both ways” mentality in society today! It doesn’t matter that the African American community made up a new ‘spelling’ of the word to justify that it’s not the same word. It is the same word and it’s just as offensive regardless of the spelling.
    I don’t know what it’s like being a black man but you don’t know what it’s like being a white man in today’s society having to ‘walk on eggshells’ on what to say and do for fear of being accused of racism. Quit this ongoing attempt to be equal but staying separate depending on the issue!

  102. fdugrad says: Mar 4, 2014 10:27 AM

    It’s always amazing how young men like Baldwin demonstrate their complete ignorance of history. Perhaps if he Googled and read bout the demonstration at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, circa 1960, he would rethink his description: “term of endearment.” I imagine the brave young students sitting at the counter at that time did NOT feel the love when the word was uttered directly to them on this day.

  103. jiggybone says: Mar 4, 2014 10:28 AM

    This is crap. Term of endearment my ass. I don’t want anybody dropping N-Bombs to me or around me. Whatever those guys are smoking out there in the Pacific North West need to stop.

  104. just2040 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:32 AM

    The N-word is “a term of endearment.” Until Riley Cooper uses it.

  105. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Mar 4, 2014 10:34 AM

    So a black guy can say that word to a black guy, but a white guy can’t say the word at all.. How is this not reverse racism? Its an enormous double standard, and it’s things like this that allows racism to go on. Sad

  106. sbchampsagain says: Mar 4, 2014 10:40 AM

    I’m guessing Doug Baldwin wouldnt say it to his mother on her death bed. Term of endearment, my foot.

  107. stickyicky97 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:41 AM

    @pillowporkers, NFL players are employees of their respective teams and the NFL. Just like everyone else that has a real job and works for employers, they have to abide by rules of conduct. I’m certain my company doesn’t think they are going to get rid of the N word with our code of conduct rule, but they realize (like most civil, educated people) that the word has no place at work or in public. If anyone wants to use the word on their own time (black or white), have at it. This hip-hop culture that has desensitized the word is what’s really wrong with this world. Kids growing up hearing it along with songs about b*tches, hoes, drugs, etc….and think it’s okay and a way of life. These types of think influences kids and affects their actions. If you don’t believe that, then I don’t know what to tell ya. It’s time for athletes to stand up and realize their actions and speak can affect all the kids and youth that look to them as role models. Point and case, Russell Wilson. That man is a stand up individual and role model. More blacks should emulate him.

  108. mhs8031 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:42 AM

    It is unsportsmanlike conduct. Direct insults to another player is already a penalty.

    I hope it goes through though. I am curious to see what the referee hand signal will be for “Flagrant use of the N-word.”

    I also want to see how the first non-black player will be treated by the public when penalized for it.

  109. pftstory says: Mar 4, 2014 10:42 AM

    Any word, every word, should be judged in the context of its use.
    The grouping of a subset of the letters of the alphabet does not define it as good or bad, demeaning, dirty, or complimentary or humorous.
    It is the intent of the use of that grouping of letters that matters.

    The words meaning is defined by the context of it’s use.

    So let’s police the use of groupings of letters. Intent, that isn’t important. It’s not like the word in question won’t be replaced by another, as it was/is a replacement for a previously unaccepted term.

  110. jokendave says: Mar 4, 2014 10:45 AM

    Its a word said by anyone, is no term of endearment. Check the history books. No one should use this term for any reason. You want people to resect you, then respect yourself. You don’t have an advantage for this no matter what your skin color. Its a term of hate. Flat out hate.

  111. mathomp3 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:52 AM

    You know what word isn’t used as a term of endearment? Redskin….

  112. grayone77 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:52 AM

    So if there were 2 gay players in the league, would we hear one call the other f****t? And if so, would that be a term of endearment? Doubtful. But on the other hand, can we expect grown men to call each other sir? It’s time we all come up with some better pronouns. I recommend men call each other “skippitty dipptty doo cheese whiz”

  113. gpclaw says: Mar 4, 2014 11:00 AM

    Does this that the “12th Man” can chant “RUN N—-R RUN!” every time Baldwin makes a catch?

    Term of endearment, and stuff.

  114. isphet71 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:03 AM

    If black players in the NFL can call eachother the N word, white guys can call each other crackers and masters, right?

    But only white guys can say it to other white guys.

  115. jwilliamsspf says: Mar 4, 2014 11:07 AM

    I don’t want to see this become a penalty. However…really? A term of endearment? How about “brother” for a term of endearment?

    If it really is a term of endearment, then you should be able to use the term no matter what color skin you have. Just stop this reasoning now. It draws racial lines, but I am against a penalty for the use of language on the field.

    Each team should be able to legislate whether they have a code of conduct that includes the forbiddance of this word in locker rooms, on practice fields, in game, and at team functions. But a 15 yard penalty is dumb.

  116. clssylssy says: Mar 4, 2014 11:07 AM

    If you grow up on the rez, the term “Skins” is often used as a sort of designations by traditionals referring to other traditionals, such as “Do a lot of skins hang out there?”, “Most of the teams in our league are skins”, etc. This is not offensive and a tip off to outsiders who are all about what’s pc (non-native and off rez) While I understand the spirit of what Baldwin is saying, the fact remains that the NFL is a large multistate, enterprise and there are standards for conduct in the work place that every other employer is required to abide by. The fact that the NFL seems to be the last to bring themselves into the light is not surprising, since this is the same bunch who still does not hold officials accountable for “bad calls”. Rather than spend all this time on politics, it would be nice if the NFL would stick to football and leave the drama to the actors.

  117. 7ftgriff says: Mar 4, 2014 11:10 AM

    LOL at all the people saying that the NFL should play by the same rules that you do at your work place or school, etc…

    The NFL is not a professional work environment, it is an ultra competitive battlefield for the best of the best at what they do.

    Not to mention, The refs affect the outcome of games way too much anyways, giving them the power to set a team back 15 yards on a potential game winning drive because somebody used a racial slur is ludicrous!

  118. douchebigelow says: Mar 4, 2014 11:10 AM

    Darwin was right.

  119. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:13 AM

    Seriously this is sickening, white people are actually mad because black men can say the word, no a modified version of the word used as a term of endearement but they can’t because of what happened in slavery.

    Racism is still alive, they just concealing it.

  120. raiderufan says: Mar 4, 2014 11:14 AM

    realdealsteel says:
    Mar 4, 2014 9:09 AM

    Just like you accept other races religious and cultural practices, you have to accept this is something unique unto them and their understanding. Trust me and let’s go from there.

    I don’t have to accept anything….

    Don’t cry for equality and then tell me “we can use it and you can’t”. You just look dumb and if you can’t see the reverse racism it’s because you don’t want to. These young black Stanford and Penn St educated men would do themselves a lot of favors by showing some respect for what a man being beaten and shackled while being called that term went thru to get them in that college today. MLK woudn’t condone this garbage term…X wouldn’t either…you show your intelligence when you fight for the right to use a hateful word over just adjusting and using any # of other actual terms of endearment.

  121. chris3141084 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:18 AM

    From what I’ve heard, not a single player has called out the Fritz Pollard Association.

  122. dcstinks says: Mar 4, 2014 11:19 AM

    Really? Why did Reilly Cooper get so much grief then? Get a clue, its a racial slur no matter the color of the person using it.
    – Eagle Fan

  123. weepingjebus says: Mar 4, 2014 11:23 AM

    “But, if you look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African-Americans.”

    It’s called a double standard. Apparently you can never have too many of these.

  124. pillowporkers says: Mar 4, 2014 11:40 AM


    First off, no children can see or hear what they are saying.

    Secondly, football is not an office job or any other type of job anyone on this site has. If you can’t see the differences, I can’t help you there. The only qualifications to this job are being exceptionally good at football. There aren’t moral obligations like other jobs where you can be easily replaced. If it was, over half this league would’ve been “fired” by now.

    Lastly, if football players are your children’s role models, that’s your first problem. They play a game and make millions doing it for a living. Just like actors and musicians. Maybe find them some more realistic role models that actually have good lessons to teach such as teachers, parents, soldiers, fireman, etc. Pro athletes aren’t role models in any sense of the word. Most people will never be able to relate to their lives.

  125. steelcityfinest13 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:44 AM

    Im gona keep it short…….(SAD) this is really a conversation

  126. praetorian12 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:48 AM

    I love the Stanford Seahawks, but they are wrong on this one. Dead wrong. There can be no double standard with language. The language is not only insulting, but blacks are using the word as a divisive tool to drive a wedge between them and all other races, IF it’s okay for a black man to say n#$$a but any other race to say N#$%er.

    I can’t believe these “smart” guys can’t see how divisive and destructive this alleged double standard is. Get rid of the word in its entirety.

  127. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 4, 2014 11:51 AM

    The guys that use that term in any form are the uneducated, boneheads who need to talk to the guys who paved the way for them to play pro sports in the 40’s 50’s when the term was really used and not for endearment. I imagine if they spent just one day in the shoes of Jackie Robinson’s when he started playing they would Pi** their pants and never use the term again. Ignorant fools, are slapping their forefathers right in the face every time they let that word roll off their lips!

  128. goatbrady says: Mar 4, 2014 12:00 PM

    I’ll make sure Riley Cooper knows this

  129. ErikW65 says: Mar 4, 2014 12:00 PM

    “Why are we letting a bunch of white guys determine what terms African Americans can use on the football field? Seems racist.”

    But it’s not a bunch of white guys asking for this. Its a bunch of black guys known as the Fritz-Pollard Alliance.

    This is primarily a generational issue, not a racial one. It’s not as if the Rielly Cooper incident precipitated this- it was an incident between a black ref and a black player that brought this on.

    Stop playing the race card and framing this as whites telling blacks what words they can use. This is older black people asking younger black people to show some respect for battles they fought to get the freedoms you enjoy.

  130. butlers91 says: Mar 4, 2014 12:11 PM

    I will let African Americans decide for me, if this is a bad word or not. But it’s all or nothing – it’s not going to be “we can say it but you cannot”.

  131. mrblksd619 says: Mar 4, 2014 12:13 PM

    Way I see it is. White people used to say the word to demean and belittle blacks as a race. Now when blacks have flipped the script and used it s a term of endearment as Mr Baldwin has said, they want to dictate how black folk use the word amongst themselves? Please listen up white folk. YOU LOST YOUR CHANCE AT THAT. YOU CREATED THIS. You dont get to tell blacks how to use the word. Just bringing up Riley Cooper at all shows your complete lack of understanding of the issue. He said it in a way that was meant to belittle the security guard who was simply doing his job. He was saying it in a racial way. So yeah its a double standard. One white folks created.

  132. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 4, 2014 12:16 PM

    how on god’s green earth are professional athletes like this moron allowed to make the money that they do when
    teachers are being laid off by the thousands?
    its time for the federal government to cap the nfl as a whole. no athlete should make more money than an entire public school staff. time to reprioritize america

  133. whodatnhollywood says: Mar 4, 2014 12:24 PM

    Dear Doug Baldwin and Young Generation of Black Players, Too many of my people were devastated by that word. LEARN YOUR HISTORY, SON!

    That word is the most divisive word in American History! Too many people have died and suffered on the wrong side of that word. It is NOT a term of endearment. It is a term of STUPIDITY!

    And just because you are NFL players doesn’t mean it’s okay. And if you can use it, then the White players can use it. It’s an INSULT! And you young generation losers need to get your acts together. There’s nothing amusing or cut about that word. Do you see or hear any other group of people using painful, racial words against their own? No!

    Again, learn your history. Go see “12 Years A Slave” as a beginning tutorial and then go back from there.

  134. whodatnhollywood says: Mar 4, 2014 12:26 PM

    Dear Doug Baldwin and Young Generation of Black Players, Too many of my people were devastated by that word. LEARN YOUR HISTORY, SON!

    That word is the most divisive word in American History! Too many people have died and suffered on the wrong side of that word. It is NOT a term of endearment. It is a term of STUPIDITY!

    And just because you are NFL players doesn’t mean it’s okay. And if you can use it, then the White players can use it. It’s an INSULT! And you young generation losers need to get your acts together. There’s nothing amusing or cute about that word. Do you see or hear any other group of people using painful, racial words against their own? No!

    Again, learn your history. Go see “12 Years A Slave” as a beginning tutorial and then go back from there.

  135. selldannysell says: Mar 4, 2014 12:33 PM

    The N-word is a term of ignorance. I’m a black man and I hate ALL usages of that word. It should be eliminated from the English language.

  136. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 4, 2014 12:38 PM

    This aint football anymore

  137. harryspudder says: Mar 4, 2014 12:41 PM

    What do the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton have to say about this? They’ve been quiet…

  138. huskersrock1 says: Mar 4, 2014 12:45 PM

    I thought Rachel Chantel already ruled on this issue. If it ends in “ah” it means man. If it ends in “er” it is a negative term for any race.


  139. FinFan68 says: Mar 4, 2014 12:45 PM

    If these guys understood respect (which they often demand but have no concept of) and simple sportsmanship, none of this would be an issue at all. There are rules in place. There are plenty of legal things that are not allowed at work, why should this be different. You can’t break the rule and try to say you just don’t understand the culture. The truth is they just don’t understand the rule and need to shut up and comply or find employment where they are aloud to say whatever they want.

  140. jayblack073 says: Mar 4, 2014 12:47 PM

    Never understood why people want to control the language other people use.

  141. huskersrock1 says: Mar 4, 2014 12:51 PM

    “Seriously this is sickening, white people are actually mad because black men can say the word, no a modified version of the word used as a term of endearement but they can’t because of what happened in slavery.

    Racism is still alive, they just concealing it.”

    And if there was a “white only” word that would be racist in your eyes too. You probably think bananas are racist, after all they turn black when they go bad.

  142. worknman24hours says: Mar 4, 2014 12:59 PM

    There is too much work going on trying to control what players say to each other.

    The use of this word is not a crime-in America-the use of no word in itself is a crime.

    If a certain word is banned another word will come along and will take it’s place in how much it’s use hurts peoples feelings.

    Get off the players backs, get out of the players locker rooms (before and after the games) and let the players be players.

    You don’t like a certain word, don’t listen to it and don’t socialize or support the people who use it.

    Your money talks way more then any post on the internet.

  143. theytukrjobs says: Mar 4, 2014 1:05 PM

    Look I’m just some white dude so what the hell would I know. But from my vantage point I really think that African American’s should stop using the N word freely. I don’t know if this is a coincidence but I’ve never met a successful African American doctor/lawyer/businessperson that uses this word.

    Outside of rappers and sports stars, successful people just don’t talk like that. You are being a poor role model if you talk in a way that only specially gifted musicians and athletes can get away with. It’s selfish to not change.

  144. jvibottomline says: Mar 4, 2014 1:11 PM

    Someone needs to remind Doug Baldwin that he sucks! He is a below average receiver and runs his mouth way too much.

  145. shayeezy says: Mar 4, 2014 1:28 PM

    “If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language,” Baldwin said. “Not one particular word that is only used by one particular group.”

    well said.

  146. geneuwine says: Mar 4, 2014 1:29 PM

    Not sure how this is still a conversation. These players are constantly saying the NFL is “a business”. Time to add HR to the business.

  147. duece5 says: Mar 4, 2014 1:31 PM

    The “logic” of Mr. Baldwin is beyond baffling.

    Now he is angry that a racist word is going to be “taken away”?

    Young people need to read and communicate with history!!!

  148. southsidesteve86 says: Mar 4, 2014 1:36 PM

    Only if the person saying it is Black. Which is why it has no place in any place of business.

  149. drgreenstreak says: Mar 4, 2014 1:36 PM

    The NFL really is a different planet.

    A whole lot of millionaire half-wits. Very few NFL players have an honest degree from a university. Many still can’t read and write at a middle school level. (see Dexter Manley)

    The NFL is owned and operated by billionaire white men. They continue to increase profit with morons.

  150. ugadogs21 says: Mar 4, 2014 1:41 PM

    The problem is these guys have no respect or appreciation for the pain and struggle our predecessors endured. And to say now that if the word ends in “a” it okay but if it ends in “r” it’s offensive shows just much is lacking in education as pertains to all prejudice not just Black History.

  151. whatnojets says: Mar 4, 2014 1:48 PM

    ” probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in a derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War. The senses labeled Extremely Disparaging and Offensive represent meanings that are deeply insulting and are used when the speaker deliberately wishes to cause great offense. It is so profoundly offensive that a euphemism has developed for those occasions when the word itself must be discussed, as in court or in a newspaper editorial: “the n-word.”

  152. thenew013 says: Mar 4, 2014 1:53 PM

    penalizing players for saying the N word but having a whole team named the Redskins is like hypocrisy to the highest level. Also why just the N word? why not the F, K, S, A, B, words? It’s just gonna make players think of more clever racial slurs and give a chance for a cheap penalty.

  153. mogogo1 says: Mar 4, 2014 2:03 PM

    It continues to amaze me how some people are intent on trying to make NFL locker rooms conform to the exact same standards as the cubicle farms where they work. And it’s not just the NFL– head out to an oil rig or a construction site someday and see what things are like there. The environment in some workplaces is WAY different than the white collar corporate world where everything is blissfully PC. Not saying that is right or wrong, but that is fact and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

  154. theuglitruth says: Mar 4, 2014 2:08 PM

    When you are far removed from the pains of your ancestors, distracted by the large contracts, marketing yourself, and the music glaring through your Dre Beats headphones….you can lose a lot of perspective!

  155. pftpoetisretarded says: Mar 4, 2014 2:23 PM

    so… by this logic, its ok for a murder to go ahead and murder again. or a criminal to keep being a criminal. right?

  156. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 4, 2014 2:28 PM

    I’m white and have no use for the word, so I don’t care.

  157. dedicatedhawkfan says: Mar 4, 2014 2:40 PM

    I totally understand the term of endearment statement from Baldwin. Some of my friends and I routinely call each other b**tch and are not offended by it. In fact, it is even a compliment coming from some people so lets not be so quick to condemn.

  158. johnodocks says: Mar 4, 2014 2:41 PM

    Can a derogatory name be used as a term of endearment depending on the context in which it is used? Let’s see… I remember a Seinfeld episode where the executives from Houston called George Costanza and each other “ba$tards” and “SOBs.”

  159. blackshirtz says: Mar 4, 2014 2:43 PM

    Many words have two completely different meanings. Take the word cool for example.

    Ever had a cool glass of water or went out to get the mail on a cool day?

    Ever own a cool car or think James Dean was cool?

    The same word CAN have different meanings. In this case, as word means something different to two different races. Big deal.

    I agree, if they are going to ban offensive language, ban it all.

    I really do not care the color of your skin, or my own. As a society we should be long past this.

    We will never get along and see complete synergy between all races. It is unrealistic to think.

    But it is about damn time that we all quit living in the past, and try to make this world a better place for the future.

    The world is going to hell, and this is what gets press!

    Wake up people.

  160. saksv says: Mar 4, 2014 3:11 PM

    Baldwin is 100% correct.

    The term that he is referring to is with “a” at the end which is totally different from the “er” version. White people are not allowed to use either. Period. Point Blank. You wanna call that racism, go right ahead but I can call the Stand Your Ground Laws, disproportionate amount of arrests, police brutality, etc etc all rank much higher on the list of racist acts.

    If you think Racism is an attitude or individual behavior/viewpoint, you are sadly mistaken. Racism is a GLOBAL SYSTEM which can also be called White Supremacy (the more “harsh” version for people who don’t like to acknowledge the truth).

    The fact that the NFL wants to ban this is white supremacy in action.

  161. barrywhererufrom says: Mar 4, 2014 3:16 PM

    Richard Sherman and Baldwin are two.examples of why athletes who are so clueless it almost hurts your brain when they speak..

  162. stepheninportland says: Mar 4, 2014 3:43 PM

    Context is everything.

    This argument brings to mind the line from Owen Wister’s book “The Virginian.”

    Over a friendly game of cards, the title character is repeatedly called a son of a bitch by an inebriated friend.

    When the character Trampas uses the same term, there is a difference, and the Virginian warns him: “When you call me that….SMILE.”

    The intent was clearly not the same; a line was crossed, and they both knew it was intended as an insult.

    The same applies to this term. It can be a taunt, in which case a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct could be thrown, or it could be intended as a signal of respect or admiration.

    Either way, ultimately it would become just another subjective call by the ref, which would be another intrusion into the game. Bad idea.

  163. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 4, 2014 4:24 PM

    I wonder what Shirley MacLaine would say about that Mr.Baldwin!

  164. reewilliams2003 says: Mar 4, 2014 4:37 PM

    The word is horrible. Straight up. You can’t sugar coat it. Don’t use it. People fought really hard in the past. many lost their lives to get rid of the hate behind that word.

    And some would call this a term of endearment??

    Going to a great school, like Stanford doesn’t mean you aren’t narrow of thought on this on Mr. Baldwin.


  165. fubar5150 says: Mar 4, 2014 4:40 PM

    Ya I call my friends cracker all the time. # ignorant

  166. snowlock2013 says: Mar 4, 2014 4:44 PM

    In my experience censorship usually works out well for everyone involved.

    In related news, I also advocate 2 front land wars in Europe.

  167. hawkstradamus says: Mar 4, 2014 5:43 PM

    My lips is like a ooowap when I up and spray it.

  168. dukeearl says: Mar 4, 2014 8:44 PM

    Words on their own are not racist.
    racism is a black shadow that exists in the hearts of some people regardless of their skin color.
    I understand what Baldwin is trying to say.
    They have taken away the power of the word.
    Laugh at the fools that use it thinking to hate.

  169. campcouch says: Mar 5, 2014 1:22 AM

    Ask Baldwin if he calls his Grandmother this term of endearment.

  170. bradleyward70 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:44 PM

    It’s this simp

    It’s this simple….means “dude” to the brothas. If u end it with an “a” your good, with an “er” your a racist and we all know whose obsessed with the R word……..liiiiiibbbberrrrrraaaalllssss!!!! Idiots!

  171. icallbs81 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:13 AM

    Doug Baldwin should be happy he even has a career… keep your mouth shut kid.

  172. 1dirtybastard69 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:00 AM

    a white guy has no buisness telling a black guy how or when he can use the word. You can’t ban words mr goodell its called the freedom of speech. That my friends is one good thing white people did do right. I for one think the word is used inappropriately even by black people. Reverse racism if you will. But its not up to me as part of a race who coined the term to tell african americans when enough is enough.we are done with it you should be too. Unfortunately Its part of pop culture now to use it and therefore will be up to them when not to turn a word of hate into a term of endearment.

  173. cwmck87 says: Mar 11, 2014 2:28 PM

    Isnt it racist when one race can say or do something and another cant? Im still waiting for the Miss White America,,but that would be racist right? Yes it would. Its amazing today when anything all white is considered racist or taboo, yet you can have all black entertainment, universities, etc. and its alright. It would be nice if equality would be promoted by both races,,,not just their own.

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