Marqise Lee admits he was flagged for using the N-word

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Among the Jaguars who lost their cool (in addition to a game, but that’s no longer news) Sunday was Marqise Lee.

And the wide receiver said his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty came from directing the N-word at the Raiders, saying he was responding to their use of it as well.

“It was back and forth,” Lee said, via Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com. “In the midst of the game, emotion is going from both teams. It just so happened the ref heard me, so therefore I got the flag. I’ve got to fess up to it.”

Lee wouldn’t identify the Raiders players who used the slur which triggered his response. He said there was no ill will toward the players, and his emotions simply got the better of him. But he also thought he shouldn’t have been flagged for a word, no matter how offensive it might be.

“Throughout the whole game we had a lot of players saying a lot of different things, but that’s just the midst of the game,” Lee said. “It’s kind of hard when you have refs out there trying to limit what people say when you’ve got grown men hitting each other. You’ve got a lot of things that’s going on that’s flaring as far as in your mind. These 42 [teammates] know as far as the things I said, it wasn’t intentional at all.

“I know he [the Raiders player he used the slur against] woke up the next day not worrying about it at all just like I woke up no worrying about it. I feel like you’re going to always have that issue because you’re going to always have situations where [emotions] flame up and both teams are going back and forth and things are going to get said regardless of if the ref likes it or not.”

The league has been cracking down on abusive language on the field since 2014, and Lee will be fined later this week. The idea to institute a rule banning a specific word as part of a broader rule was generally accepted as a decent idea, though some players thought it was a ridiculous attempt.

16 responses to “Marqise Lee admits he was flagged for using the N-word

  1. you know what I’m going to say – If a white guy said it to him, would he be so quick to say there was no “ill will” toward him? I am actually surprised he got a flag for saying it, though.
    Words aren’t the problem, it’s how they are used that makes the difference.

  2. This man should be persecuted by the whole world for his verbal assault on another fellow human being. Oh wait, he’s African American, never mind bro all good

  3. That’s a word that seems to mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people and it all depends on the context on how the word is used. I just play it safe and don’t use it at all. Having said that I get why some use it. My middle aged brother and I are very close and we use derogatory words towards each other from our teen years as sort of terms of endearment. If someone over heard us using those words (especially out of context ) these days they would most certainly think we were both monsters.

  4. I agree with Lee that you shouldn’t be flagged for words, but this is where liberalism has brought us.

    I especially love that it was a minority that was flagged for it.

    If the player was white there would be calls for him to be suspended for life.

  5. The flagging for words being used in the heat of battle is ridiculous…especially in a game where the intent is to tackle someone…really hard and with almost malicious intent. The thought of this is happening due to “liberalism” as stupid as the word is itself. This is all due to Goodell wanting to CONTINUE to flex his muscle with impunity.

  6. I’ll bet Chris Rock is glad that he doesn’t play pro football!!

    Seriously though …..
    “The league has been cracking down on abusive language on the field since 2014, and Lee will be fined later this week. The idea to institute a rule banning a specific word as part of a broader rule was generally accepted as a decent idea, though some players thought it was a ridiculous attempt.”

    Has the NFL compiled a list of words that you can’t say on the field? Or is it open to the refs as to what they can’t say? If the “N” word is not on the list, he ought to appeal. Of course, if it’s on the list, he should pay. But to leave it up to an official is not fair. Some refs might have different standards on the “N” word and it would matter to them if a white guy used it or a black guy were to use it. In society, there is definitely a double standard when it come to the “N” word.

  7. Cracking down on abusive language.

    Let that sink in for a moment. The game football, men smashing into each other, trying to impose your PHYSICAL will onto the other guys.

    We all played the game as kids growing up, was language ever an issue?

    I wonder what practice sounds like.

    This PCing of the NFL is a run away train.

  8. wow, I guess next time he will have to learn how to say, excuse me sir, but could you be so kind and not hit me so hard. Have a good day, cheerio!

  9. Dang Marquise…….you let the cat out the bag. I bunch of grown colliding with each other on every play and players run their mouths??????

    Okay……………where’s the police???

  10. let me correct that……………………………….

    “A bunch of grown men colliding with each other on every play and players run their mouths”………….

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