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5 Issues The NFL Should Tackle Before Regulating The N-Word

In recent weeks there has been much discussion about the NFL considering to regulate players’ use of the N-word on the field. And while there has been much debate on both sides of the argument, the league has much larger issues to tackle before controlling what players can and cannot say on the field. Here are five issues they really should be addressing first.

nfl-concussionConcussions and Player Safety

While the concussion problem today is an inconvenient truth in the game of football, the repercussions could be far more dramatic than last year’s $760 million settlement with former players, and our fleeting distress every time an ex-NFLer is found dead as a result of game-related dementia. If public sentiment turns against the brutal violence of the sport, it could lose its place as “America’s Game.”

The nature of football requires a certain amount of violence, which makes players more prone to head injuries. This, in turn, increases the likelihood that retirees develop conditions like dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) later in life.

The NFL is taking steps to address these issues by instituting subtle rule changes and increasing player fines.

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3 thoughts on “5 Issues The NFL Should Tackle Before Regulating The N-Word

  1. The NFL can't handle six things at once?

    Lost in the all this hoopla over who can and cannot say the word and when and where is that a Black player from Washington threw this insult at a Black official in a game in Philadelphia last season. It's bad enough these immature players give their pet white boys a "ghetto" or a "nigga" pass but now some don't even have the respect to not insult older Black men who may be older than their parents. Despite all the posturing, the playing field is a place of business so just like in any office you can't go through there tossing ethnic and sexual slurs at people without repercussions.

    Hell, isn't it kind of strange that these players know not to throw out insults about other races or lifestyles but they're ready to fight in the street to call another Black man a nigger?

  2. So Richard Sherman has a problem being called a thug but no problem being called a nigger? So much for that Stanford education.

  3. I totally disagree with the article here. Blacks have been calling each other the word every since they learn the European language, it was learned because it was what all blacks were called every day to their face at that, they thought it was alright. Blacks need to get the word out of their vocabulary, and only use it to teach other blacks not to use it. It is a word to demean each other, there is no such thing as too soon. It is pass late, over 400 years too late, that someone step up and say, hey, no more, stop it. Ironic it is the race who started it, but I can appreciate it. Yea, I thought Richard Simmons had a little understanding, but, he just don't have it like I thought.

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