The ironic part is the NFL should have already addressed the issue of racial slurs by the players, and not just now in 2014. Of course you can’t just stop at racial slurs; you have to police ethnic slurs, sexual orientation slurs, and slurs we haven’t even thought of yet.
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So what’s the plan? The initial plan sounds simple enough on the surface but has the potential to grow into a mess of epic proportions. The plan is to adopt 15-yard penalties, fines and ejections in 2014 for use of racial slurs on the football field. The plans promoter focussed entirely on the N-word, but the NFL will never stop there.
The architect of the plan is one John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance which did monitor diversity in the NFL but now wants to thrust themselves into NFL policy making decisions. The problem? For one thing he didn’t think it through. He sees punishments clearly enough but doesn’t have a plan of any type for implementation.
“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do.”
I’ll have to venture a translation here. He may be saying “They’ll do it if they know what’s good for them”, or “If they don’t they’re a bunch of racists”. I’ll give him this though, he’s already done his lobbying and Jason LaCanfora said he got a standing ovation from the
sheep men at the NFL meeting.
“We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room.”
Wooten, that sounds like a pretty big job to me. Are you going to volunteer your staff to police 32 teams in 32 cities? No, I think we can safely liken this to walking into the NFL Competition Committee meeting, starting a fire, and then demanding them to put it out.
“Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere.”
Where was the guy going with this one? Is he accusing team secretaries and team public relations personnel of being vocal racists? Wooten may be barking to far up the tree here. When I went to bed last night the NFL wasn’t a “hot-bed” of racism, and I don’t think things changed much overnight.
Like I said earlier, Wooten doesn’t have a plan for implementation. He doesn’t have a clue how many slurs will have to be considered, or a fair way to make choices. He doesn’t know if the refs will have to carry a list of words/phrases; he doesn’t know if they get to use their own judgment. Regardless, it won’t stop with the N-word.
I hate to tell John Wooten, but this is 2014 and the NFL is a mighty big organization. You don’t just tell them what to do, and you don’t get what you want overnight. Things were a lot simpler back in 1070, when Richard Prior solved the same issue with Chevy Chase on a Saturday Night Live skit.
If there’s a way to screw this up, the NFL will. As the old saying goes they could screw up a steel ball with a rubber mallet.
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