The NFL may soon institute a rule that would punish a player with an automatic 15-yard penalty for the use of the word “nigger”. The second use of the word would result in an automatic ejection. I’m not sure if the ejected player’s team would also receive a 15-yard penalty for the second infraction, but then again, the NFL probably doesn’t know either.
This is a really stupid rule.
I can’t wait for the first NFL game that gets decided because an official thinks he hears Payton Manning or Drew Brees use a word that rhymes with digger when throwing a last second, game winning touchdown. The touchdown would not count. The ball would be moved back 15 yards and the game would be over. There would be no way to challenge such a penalty. It would totally be up to the on-field official to process what he thinks he heard. Bad calls are part of the NFL. There hasn’t been a rule yet that hasn’t been called incorrectly or in error.
This rule would be no different.
If this rule is instituted, my personal hope is that the first time it’s employed in an actual game, would be at a Washington Redskins game. That would be hilariously ironic.
The NFL has no business instituting a rule against the use of any racial slur when one of its teams has a racial slur as a team name. All 32 teams in the NFL share revenue made from merchandising. That means all 32 teams make money from merchandise featuring a racist slur on it, not just the Washington Redskins.