NFL says fans who make racist comments will be banned

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Washington receiver Terrelle Pryor said he repeatedly heard the N-word from a fan during Monday’s game against the Chiefs, and now the NFL says it is investigating.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said the league is examining the matter and that fans could be banned from stadiums for using racial slurs.

“We are looking into all aspects of it and we will report back when we have concluded that review,” Lockhart said.

Lockhart said the league has a zero-tolerance policy for racist language from fans, directed at players, other fans, or anyone else.

“We have no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone,” Lockhart said. “Those fans are not welcome to come back this week, next week, or any time.”

It is unclear whether the NFL will be able to identify any fan or fans who made such comments, but it is clear that if the league can identify them, they will not attend NFL games any longer.

103 responses to “NFL says fans who make racist comments will be banned

  1. One of the NFL’s star athletes makes sexist comments on a microphone in front of everyone the week after giving a black power sign after scoring a TD, and nothing. Pryor CLAIMS someone screamed a slur at him and the NFL gets right on it with threats toward fans. Keep digging yourself deeper, NFL.

  2. The sad thing is that these fans, most of whom are probably in a drunken state, think they’re being clever and brave when in reality they’re being just the opposite.

  3. I am curious to know what imbeciles here think this is cool and ok?Where would the NFL be without African-American players, coaches and front office people? People that were in the stands with these idiots should have pointed them out to security and had them removed from the stadium.

  4. And who makes the determination as to what is a “racist comment”? Roger, Jerry, Cam, Colin? Will there be an opportunity to have it overturn by the Court of Appeals? Will their political leanings be a determining factor? If they decide to “kneel” will all be forgiven?

  5. No fan can exceed the volume of racial slurs that can be heard from the locker room.

    I think it is absolutely not okay for anyone to use racial slurs. I just have a hard time understanding why it IS okay for some people to use them.

  6. Good luck enforcing that.

    Here’s what I find interesting: This is the same league that supposedly supports free speech when malcontents like Colin Kaepernick openly disrespect our nation and slime our nation’s law enforcement officers. The league supports Kaepernick’s (and others who followed down his path) right to free speech while wearing an NFL uniform, including the open categorical degradation of police officers. Police officers are present at EVERY NFL game to help keep order.

    So no doubt now the NFL wants the help of the police to identify fans who practice free speech, however rancid that speech may be, while present in the stands.

    So let’s sum it up: The NFL supports the racism against our nation’s law enforcement officers, but will ban any fan who uses racist language against anyone because of their skin color?

    Roger Goodell’s term as commissioner can be adequately summed up as “Common sense takes a vacation”.

  7. The NFL should review field audio of all games in the last 5 years. Any coach, player, or official caught using racist language is immediately banned from the NFL.

  8. All his sports life… This man has been persecuted… From college to pros …consider the source. It’s never his fault…

  9. I don’t think he said anything wrong. Because of people’s hypersensitivity, this has become news. I too get amazed when I hear women talk intelligently about football only because most could care less not because they can’t comprehend. For me, this is a non-issue.

  10. Has there ever been a national story like this but reversed??? of course not… That’s all you need to know!

  11. The kneeling and upraised fists are also Racial postures, done by the players. Remember the Rams with their “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” appearance? That was (IS) also Racial, based upon a proven lie. Any penalties proposed by the NFL for all (or any) of these actions?

  12. So, is the NFL going to ban “rap” music in the stadiums? How about SB halftime entertainment? Ban anyone who has ever used a racial slur from attending any NFL game. The stands will be empty if they do, and the locker rooms also.

  13. Racial comments should not be made period. But, in reality the NFL has enough issues with their own players yet alone trying to control fans.

  14. Instead of just saying this was wrong, period, its frightening how many comments have a “but” or “and”…as in “BUT, what about players making racist remarks”.

    Regardless of anything else if someone made a racists comment it’s wrong…no ands, no buts.

  15. I have seen a number of fans ejected from games for less offenses. While I know there are morons out there that might do this, I have a hard time believing the individual would not have been reported by other fans. Especially if it happened as much as Pryor is saying it did. I think someone told him he sucked and he got mad and he chewed the fan out, but got caught, so to protect his butt, he says the fan said racist comments.

  16. dingbutt says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:43 am
    What about players making racists trash talk remarks to each other during the game? Ejected.

    That’s actually been the rule for several years. You didn’t know that?

  17. what if someone calls you racist…but you’re not and you’ve done nothing to deserve being called racist?

  18. So when exactly did Pryor hear this? Because surely another player would’ve likely heard it also if it indeed occurred. It’s a valid question; Pryor was being covered by another African-American the entire game, and the sidelines are also filled with other African-Americans, so one would think that it would be difficult for just one person to have heard this.

  19. “The kneeling and upraised fists are also Racial postures, done by the players. Remember the Rams with their “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” appearance? That was (IS) also Racial, based upon a proven lie. Any penalties proposed by the NFL for all (or any) of these actions?”

    That hits the nail on the head…will those people involved in propagating and inciting racial divisiveness based on a lie be held accountable?

  20. If you check back to his high school career in Pittsburgh, Pryor has had a history of these unfortunate situations. I recall a high school basketball playoff game (he was an outstanding basketball player!) where he accused players from a prominent Catholic school of using racial slurs. It makes me wonder.

  21. No racists comments towards our players. But we have no problem when our players say anything they damn well please. I would put money the N-word is used on the playing field many times every game. Players can say whatever they want about the US President, disrespect the flag and nobody cares. I also take it sexism is ok too as I guarantee Cam will not be banned. What a joke the NFL has become.

  22. Since when did the NFL become the Political Correctness police? I don’t condone racism, but I have zero interest in hearing them preach from their proverbial pulpits every Sunday. If I wanted a sermon & instructions on how to be a better person on Sunday’s, I think I (and every one else in America) has a better local option for that input…where the people doing the preaching actually make an effort to live by the doctrines that they preach. The NFL isn’t exactly known for it’s high character personnel. Just consider the NFL ‘Face Man’ Tom ‘Cheater-Boy’ Brady & it’s favorite coach Belicheat, for examples. We don’t watch the NFL for moral direction, and if anyone did…they would be worse off for it.

  23. The NFL hypocrisy continues. It’s apparently ok to stereotype, or label,all cops as racists,and insult our flag and anthem, but not ok to use the N word? Somebody gotta explain that logic??????? All are different forms of discrimination?

  24. How about banning every idiot who boos Roger Goodell at the NFL draft? Every.Single.Time.He.Walks.To.The.Podium….

    Immature idiotic babies.

  25. Given this new policy, the female reporter who Cam made sexist remarks to should be banned from NFL stadiums because we have proof she used racial language in the past! She said the N-word on Twitter four years ago. Let’s see if the NFL is really implementing a no tolerance policy for racial language…

  26. Judging from the comment sections over the last month that means about 80% of you will get banned unless you hide how you really feel.

    Sucks to be you.

    Don’t worry, you can still be anonymous here.

  27. Since when did the NFL become the Political Correctness police? I don’t condone racism, but I have zero interest in hearing them preach from their proverbial pulpits every Sunday.

    ———

    Telling people that there’s a rule against being overtly racist is not being “politically correct”. You trying to make something as bad as overt racism just a little political correctness issue says much more about who you are and how you feel than any colored-glass self-description.

  28. The only player I’ve ever seen penalized for using a racial slur is Kaepernick, funnily enough. In 2014 Kaepernick drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for using the n-word at Bears DE Lamarr Houston after throwing an interception and was additionally fined $11,025 by the league lol.

  29. 2ruefan says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    How about banning every idiot who boos Roger Goodell at the NFL draft? Every.Single.Time.He.Walks.To.The.Podium….
    ———————-

    How about just firing Goodell and appointing a commissioner that actually has integrity? Problem solved.

  30. They keep saying “stop disrespecting the military” as if they can’t find a clue what this all about.

    Every single player asked says it has nothing to do with the military. Who doesn’t love our military and appreciate what those men and women sacrifice for our freedoms as US citizens? Ironically one of those freedoms is choosing to protest what you feel is unjust.

    You don’t like this particular protest, I get that. But you can’t take away a people’s right to protest what they want to, despite how you feel on a personal level. What about when they get close to banning your guns? Should you be able to speak out and protest that?

    Can’t be one and not the other. Either you allow people the right to protest what THEY (not necessarily you) feel is unjust, or you quell and supress every protest, taking away the people’s right to speak out as a whole. You can’t have it both ways.

    Find somebody saying something anti-military. You cant. Nobody does. Nobody even thinks it. Even if you disagree with a war you still love the men and women in your military. They are family and neighbors following orders-policy.

    This “military” talking point is just a diversion/distraction. Don’t fall for it.

  31. And how did you punish the racist owners in your League?

    Your hiring practices were so crooked, you had to enact a rule to make sure minorities got a fair shake as they applied for top positions.

  32. “NFL says fans who make racist comments will be banned”
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    Welp, the alt-right conservatives will get their wish to be banned along with their “boycott”.

  33. I agree with kicking them out. The problem with banning ticket sales is you’d have to make sure they were the original ticket owners…and if not, how do you make sure someone who got their tickets on resale doesn’t do the same thing for the next game?

  34. The hypocrisy continues.

    While I 100% agree and do not want to hear racial slurs of any kind, why is it we have the right to kneel for the flag, but they don’t have the right to make racist comments? Neither is illegal (unless considered extreme enough to be harassment), and both are protected by freedom of speech.

    Again, I do not like racial slurs and am happy to hear them being discouraged, what right do we have to say they can’t say something when they felt just as offended over people kneeling for the flag?

  35. “Lockhart said the league has a zero-tolerance policy for racist language from fans, directed at players, other fans, or anyone else.”

    Seems pretty ironic since the players use and call each other the N-word throughout every game, practice, locker room, you name it.

    Why aren’t they being banned from stadiums?

  36. Players blast music in the lockeroom where the n-bomb is dropped every 10 seconds.
    They drop the N-Bomb at each other.

    Paying customers…get out.

  37. “Where would the NFL be without African-American players, coaches and front office people?”
    ——————-
    It would be grossing $25 billion instead of just over $12 billion.

  38. pretty much yea. black people can use the N word with each other and in there music. White people have lost their N word privlages. lol for obvious reasons. DEAL with it.

  39. If you’re really upset that the NFL doesn’t like you racist fans. Stop watching, go read a book. All that boycott threatening is weak because most of you have never had to boycott for anything. It was handed to you at birth. Think about it.

  40. ” curious to know what imbeciles here think this is cool and ok?Where would the NFL be without African-American players, coaches and front office people?”

    It is totally unacceptable to act like that towards anyone, of any race.

    But to answer the question, the NFL would likely being playing all their games in Orbit City in front of fans named George, Jane, Judy and Elroy.

  41. dumbaseinstien says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    Since when did the NFL become the Political Correctness police? I don’t condone racism, but I have zero interest in hearing them preach from their proverbial pulpits every Sunday.
    —–

    Not sure what you were talking about – this article is about banning someone who uses racist terms that anybody preaching about anything. As far as you not condoning racism – if you don’t think a fan who uses the N-word should be banned from the stadium, you’re condoning racism

  42. You can tell who the racist people are here in this blog. It’s the ones always deflecting the story.

  43. flipola says:
    October 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    Get ready for some empty stadiums. When inebriation ensues, not-so-nice words come out. What happened to sticks and stones?
    ===

    The stadiums will be empty if we throw out all of the racists? Actually, based on the people on here, that’s probably true.

  44. Kneeling for the anthem? Otay!

    Domestic abuse? Otay!

    Beating down folks in bars? Otay!

    Saying a word that hurts someone’s feelings? Not otay…

  45. So…if this were 2015, would Riley Cooper be banned from playing?

    Will any of the inner city players be banned? Or are they ok, because they say it with an a?

  46. dcpas says:

    October 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    If there is video documentation proving the exchange never included any racial slur, what will the NFL do?

    —–

    If the NFL has the video, it will be deleted and will never be acknowledged. If TMZ gets it, the NFL will just say it happened and wasn’t audible on the video, and that Goodell stands by his players.

  47. So tired of the whole “black people can call other black people the n-word, so why can’t white people?” argument.

    It’s actually very simple. If a friend or family member calls you a certain name, you don’t get offended because you know what the context is and that they aren’t really insulting you. If a total stranger calls you the same name, you get highly offended because the context is different and they are clearly trying putting you down.

    See how simple that is to understand? You’re welcome.

  48. Free speech is Free speech…good luck with that NFL…start kicking folk out of your games for that will get you many lawsuits…No matter how hateful the speech..we have the right to it ( Virginia v. Black ) So…Folk like that who use words like that are morons..and I agree and wish the racist crap would stop..but it is the world we live in…and you cannot sensor peoples constitutional right

  49. If that (banning) happened on here, there would be a lot fewer people in the comments section these days.

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