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NFL Considers Rule that Would Penalize Players for N-Word Use

NFL Weighs Punishment for Slurs

As the NFL's competition committee soon considers a rule that would penalize players for using the N-word on the field, one veteran believes it will be difficult for the league to police the use of the racial slur.

"I think it's going to be really tough to legislate this rule, to find a way to penalize everyone who uses this word," Ryan Clark, a Pittsburgh Steelers safety who's spent 12 years in the league, told ESPN's Bob Ley during an "Outside The Lines" special report. "And it's not going to be White players using it toward Black players. Most of the time you hear it, it's Black players using the word."

The OTL broadcast aired Sunday night, just days after the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league to establish a rule that would call for a 15-yard penalty for players who use the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the alliance, anticipates that the competition committee will enact the rule at the owners' meeting in late March. "I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we're trying to do," Wooten said, according to CBSSports.com.

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