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Richard Sherman: NFL Banning the N-Word is ‘Almost Racist’

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

By  Chris Greenberg 

Not everyone thinks that Richard Sherman always chooses his words carefully, but he is undeniably someone who thinks seriously about language. The loquacious Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback who majored in Communications at Stanford has spoken out against the proposed ban on the N-word reportedly being considered by the NFL.

“It’s an atrocious idea,” Sherman told Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”

A rule prohibiting players from using the N-word during games has been promoted by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that monitors racial diversity and equality of job opportunity in NFL coaching, front office and scouting staffs. The group believes the NFL will soon enact a rule that will penalize a player 15 yards for using the N-word on the field during a game.

“I think they’re going to do what needs to be done here,” John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, via “There is too much disrespect in the game.”

Sherman’s call to ban all curse words rather than just the N-word echoes a comment made by Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, who felt that all slurs should be banned rather than just one.

“It’s a very tough situation,” Bosh said. “If that’s the case, they should ban all slurs. And I know it’s a big deal, because I think that word is used too much, especially in the mainstream nowadays.”

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