The NFL could be set to bring in a rule making any use of the n-word a 15-yard penalty offense, but one NFL star says it's going to be incredibly difficult to eradicate the word from the game.
Clay Matthews spoke about the proposal to Dan Patrick and outlined just how ingrained the word has become in modern vocabulary.
“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,” the Green Bay Packers linebacker said on Tuesday. “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.”
Whilst this ruling comes with good intentions, it will be incredibly hard to enforce on the field of play.
Referees in the NFL have trouble calling simple holding and pass interference penalties, but now they have to start monitoring players conversation as well.
This won't be easy but if the league is serious about the proposal then expect them to do as much about it as they can.