NFL May Flag Use of N-word, Give 15-Yard Penalty

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | February 24, 2014 | 11:42 AM EST


FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2011, file photo. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, said he’s expecting the NFL to enact a rule making it a 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field.

According to a report by Jason La Canfora for CBSsports, if a player made a second infraction by saying the N-word again - they would be ejected.

Wooten spoke about the possible penalty during the combine, according to CBS.

"I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we're trying to do," Wooten said. "We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room. Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere."

The possible penalty rule could come up at NFL owner’s meeting late March.

h/t CBSsports

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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