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NFL to penalize use of racial slur
ESPN.com & Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/23/2014 10:07:37 PM

The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL´s competition committee will enact the rule at the owners´ meeting next month. "We did talk about it, I´m sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard (Alliance) came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field," said

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I´m certainly not in favor of that vulgar word, but what happened to free speech in this country??? The way those players probably trash talk this will be an unmitigated disaster.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WAN2, 2/23/2014 10:14:58 PM     (No. 9743813)

If "the N word" = N_____, isn´t it equally as bad? "GET OUGHTA MY FACE, N WORD!!!" I.e., in a couple of years "N WORD" itself will be just as grievous a slur as N______.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FunOne, 2/23/2014 10:29:22 PM     (No. 9743821)

How politically correct.

Ought to make those players who hurt the feelings of opponents take 40 hours of sensitivity training before they can play again. Or, they can get the training excused if they do a commercial for Obamacare.

What a sorry, sorry league the NFL has devolved to.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mildred, 2/23/2014 10:29:31 PM     (No. 9743822)

When did ´free´ speech become a foul that should be penalized on the football field? Do they need to say please and thank you and after you sir? Does ´the word´ have to be vocalized or can it be just a thought? How many arguments will there be when the official thought he heard ´the word´ but the player didn´t actually say it? Will that go to replay? For goodness sakes, this is a game played by adults (supposedly) and now they have to stop and think before they speak during the excitement of winning the game. Stupid and absurd.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FLCracker, 2/23/2014 10:31:36 PM     (No. 9743823)

Has anyone established a betting pool on which ethnic group gets fined the most for using the Nepithet? And the point spread?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lavalette, 2/23/2014 10:40:59 PM     (No. 9743829)

Probably 99% of incidents of using the N-word is one AA trash talking another AA. Will be interesting to see how this is enforced.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Harleynyc, 2/23/2014 10:42:19 PM     (No. 9743830)

Are spear chucker, jiggaboo, and jungle bunny still okay ?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/23/2014 10:45:24 PM     (No. 9743833)

Even though I hate a lot of PC I don´t care if penalties are assessed for taunts and slurs. Making rules is up to the league.

However this may not work well. It is hard to be sure what is mumbled on a football field. And false claims will also be hard to disprove.

And at times a yardage penalty won´t matter and a player won´t care; when you are far behind or have a commanding lead.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 2/23/2014 10:49:16 PM     (No. 9743839)

99% of this is black on black..
zero per cent is used by gentlemen like Tony Dungy..
so what is this to prove?
99% of the players will be subject to penalties?


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Tianne, 2/23/2014 10:51:35 PM     (No. 9743840)

Is each player going to be assigned a speech-monitor that runs around with him on the field to ensure that a certain offensive word (only one certain word??) isn´t used? Will the monitor wear a special hat, brandish a badge, be able to issue a lisp exemption?

Political correctness in this country is surpassing ´ludicrous´ into ´absolutely insane´ territory.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/23/2014 10:54:49 PM     (No. 9743842)

This should give home viewers a chance to go out for dinner and not miss any of the game.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: doublesharp, 2/23/2014 11:02:53 PM     (No. 9743846)

bunch of wusses

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Reply 12 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 2/23/2014 11:12:47 PM     (No. 9743854)

How about the MF word(S)? Offensive to any recipient - as intended to be, but very offensive to women and maternal parents especially. Perhaps all NFL players should be forced to go to charm school tutors and taught to never swear or curse and never call anybody names stronger than "poopy-head".

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Japanorama, 2/23/2014 11:13:46 PM     (No. 9743855)

Poor babies can´t take an insult.
No more NFL for me.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/23/2014 11:21:12 PM     (No. 9743863)

Wait, I thought that proscription was only for white players...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: miceal, 2/23/2014 11:34:22 PM     (No. 9743876)

Is it only a penalty if it ends in "er" or does "a" warrant a penalty too?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Manitouman, 2/23/2014 11:38:26 PM     (No. 9743880)

Let me know how this turns out after the next couple of seasons. I don´t like watching political football enough to cover it.

I can just imagine some teams backed into their own end zone by the n word, week after week.

I can see little boys in tights running to the refs complaining about the big bad boys on the other teams calling them names in the huddles and scrums during tackles.

They ain´t even gonna miss me.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Calico Al, 2/23/2014 11:48:41 PM     (No. 9743894)

How many yards will they get for telling an opponant Your mother wears army shoes or your fathers mustash?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: KimoSaavy, 2/24/2014 12:19:43 AM     (No. 9743912)

The problems in the NFL are more pervasive than the use of the N word. This league has failed to evolve with the times and in other facets including player conduct and integrating expectations into the contract that binds employees to the league.

You have players that denigrate each other on the field. Shuck it up to the football warrior mentality, but the debasement continues into the locker room, during social circumstances, and in their private lives as they treat people and particularly women and children like garbage. Now they will have openly gay players and it can only get worse. They need serious leadership and human resources therapy. How about starting with no use of the N word by anyone.

If a black player uses the N word, penalize away. Add the ´F´ word too because that´s coming down the pipes. And if a player kills, rapes, and maims, he is gone from the league, no second chances. This will be a tall task for a league that is reactive, greedy, and not so bright.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/24/2014 1:07:23 AM     (No. 9743932)

How pathetic. Next they´ll be penalizing for taunting looks. I guess no one bothered to tell our Dear NFL Kommisar that there´s a thing called "free speech" in Amerika.

Penalize them for late hits, cheap hits, etc., but keep in mind the old schoolyard rhyme, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me."

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Reply 20 - Posted by: kono, 2/24/2014 1:20:54 AM     (No. 9743938)

Now when the league adds penalties for gay slurs it won´t look like a special-case protection for Sam. I see this as a strategic move not entirely meant for its own sake.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/24/2014 1:42:28 AM     (No. 9743944)

We can´t kidnap ´em, buy and sell ´em, enslave ´em, horsewhip ´em, shoot ´em, or lynch ´em anymore. Now you´re telling me our football heroes can´t even call ´em n------ any more? What has Murka come to?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 2/24/2014 1:59:43 AM     (No. 9743952)

Supposedly, Roger Goodell will come out with a list of forbidden bad words for each ref. just before the season starts.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/24/2014 2:51:12 AM     (No. 9743963)

What is the racial makeup of the NFL? Will one "N" be penalized for calling another "N" the N word?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Safari Man, 2/24/2014 3:20:33 AM     (No. 9743966)

This is unfair to the homies, who are the only ones who use this word. Where are Sharpton and Jackson?


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Reply 25 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/24/2014 3:33:38 AM     (No. 9743967)

The NAACP had a phony ceremony a couple years ago where they buried the N word but apparently it didn´t work ,now you get a 15 yarder for using it.What these simpletons don´t get is this is a term of endearment among themselves and they don´t want some white bread laying down the laws.

This is really punishment against Incognito for calling the other guy a "half N".

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 2/24/2014 6:39:00 AM     (No. 9744017)

What is the victim supposed to do? Is he supposed to run to the sideline during the play and fill out a grievance form?

Roger Goodell must secretly hate the NFL. The dude is driving it into the ground.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 2/24/2014 7:07:19 AM     (No. 9744046)

I agree with Rush...ever since large numbers of women became football fans, the game has gone downhill and is approaching unwatchable.

It used to be a game played by large, tough men but now has devolved into a game played by men who worry about being bullied!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: NancyD, 2/24/2014 7:13:47 AM     (No. 9744055)

Are the players going to go to the ref´s and say "So and so is saying naughty words about me"?

It´s so ridiculous.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/24/2014 7:48:27 AM     (No. 9744099)

Most NFL players are black guys and they use the N word among themselves in a connotation that is not racist, at least they seem to believe that. Now the NFL is going to require mostly white officials to get entangled in that?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: zoidberg, 2/24/2014 8:11:50 AM     (No. 9744123)

DMX could not be reached for comment.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: 1976Ag, 2/24/2014 8:14:15 AM     (No. 9744126)

Will it matter what color the players is that says it?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: smak90, 2/24/2014 8:31:57 AM     (No. 9744146)

So will they be able to contest the penalty and then the ref will have to use instant replay to see if they can read the lips of the player who supposedly said the offending word? The NFL has really become a joke, I hope this blows up in their face. I´m done with them.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: lancer12, 2/24/2014 8:35:53 AM     (No. 9744154)

Succeeding in the NFL-weighing 200+ pounds and plowing into opposing team members with intent to disable for life. Evil & Satanic to say bad words that hurt fellows´ feelings.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Bazi, 2/24/2014 8:41:12 AM     (No. 9744161)

The problem begins and ends with taxpayers having to foot the bill for their stadiums.

In Minnesota, the projected cost of the Vikings´ new stadium is $975 million and will no doubt go over a billion. The Vikings will kick in a paltry few million, but we are stuck with the rest of the bill.

The NFL is one big welfare organization.



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Reply 35 - Posted by: FLCracker, 2/24/2014 9:20:50 AM     (No. 9744232)

Wow, look at them knickers!

(Read it out loud; be aware of your audience.)

Knickers - you know, short pants, gathered at the knee, like them football players wear.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: KingBubo, 2/24/2014 10:32:26 AM     (No. 9744359)

DO Riley Cooper and Richie Incognito still get to use it?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/24/2014 10:53:02 AM     (No. 9744396)

If fairly enforced, the number of black players penalized would far exceed the number of whites, but I suspect very few black players would be penalized. After all, blacks can´t be racist according to Jesse and Al.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Hammock, 2/25/2014 4:44:26 AM     (No. 9745379)

#20 has it right. This is cover for later adding anti-homosexual slurs. Next year there will probably be an openly gay player or two and the league is trying to inhibit opposing players from calling them names. The league doesn´t want the bad publicity because the whole thing will be under a spotlight and the media would love to replay any anti-gay slurs they can pick up with a parabolic microphone.

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They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving


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