Despite reports that Giants receiver Odell Beckham had gay slurs directed at him by players on the Panthers on Sunday, a report says the NFL found no evidence of that being the case.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the league hasn’t found any proof that slurs were used and will not discipline any Panthers unless new evidence arises.
Given how many microphones are on and around the field at any NFL game, there’s a good chance that there would be audio evidence if slurs were used. We don’t know, however, how much effort the NFL put into poring over all the audio from the game. The NFL has shown inconsistency in the past with how hard it tries to investigate allegations of misconduct, sometimes undertaking lengthy investigations and other times seeming more interested in sweeping allegations under the rug.
The NFL has said that abusive language toward opponents can subject a player to a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the league has never disciplined a player for using a slur on the field. The NBA recently suspended Rajon Rondo of the Sacramento Kings one game for directing a gay slur at a referee. The NFL would likely fine or suspend any player who used a slur on the field, but the league apparently won’t have to take any such actions this week.