The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, John Wooten, expects the league’s competition committee to enact a rule that would make it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, with a second infraction meriting an ejection.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Wooten spoke about his desire to eradicate the word completely from NFL workplaces at the Fritz Pollard event during the combine.
“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do,” Wooten said. “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.”
Wooten is “extremely hopeful” it will pass at the owner’s meeting next month.
“I think they’re going to do what needs to be done here,” he said. “There is too much disrespect in the game.”