Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews told Dan Patrick Tuesday that it will be hard for the NFL to eliminate the N-word.
“I think it’s used as a term of endearment between players, and I think it’s so much a part of pop culture and culture in general that it’s going to be very hard to eliminate that from the game,” Matthews said. “I think is more something that should come from the locker room, organization, and team leaders to remove it if they see fit.
“This is an emotional game played by tough men who obviously are a little crazy in doing so,” Matthews said. “I think this is going to be a very fine line as far as where this stops, when you start eliminating language from play. . . . It’ll be very difficult.”
The NFL’s competition committee could decide to penalize players for using the N-word on the field.
The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, John Wooten, is hopeful that a 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field will pass at the owner’s meeting next month.