SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is not a fan of a proposed rule that would make it a 15-yard penalty for saying the “N-word” on the field.
Speaking to The Monday Morning Quarterback, Sherman called penalizing saying the “N-word” an “atrocious idea.”
“It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?” Sherman questioned.
John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance – a group of minority coaches and front-office, scouting and game-day NFL officials – told CBS Sports last month that he expects the NFL’s competition committee to enact the rule next month during the owner’s meeting.
“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do,” Wooten told CBS Sports. “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.”
Sherman stated that saying “n***a” is not racist, but “n***er” is.
“It’s in the locker room and on the field at all times,” Sherman said. “I hear it almost every series out there on the field.”
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, member of the NFL competition committee, told reporters the league is looking at ways to reduce the use of racial and gender-related slurs sometimes used during games.
No votes will be held on any potential rules changes until next month’s owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Newsome noted the concerns of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. He also said game officials told the committee what they sometimes hear on the field and that microphones around the field often capture what is being said.
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