Chris Bosh is currently looking over at the NFL with jealousy. The Miami Heat center wants the NBA, the association he stars for, to follow in football's lead and adopt the new rule making use of the n-word a punishable offense.
Bosh was asked about the proposal by a Miami area reporter and said that he would be in favour of a ban, with the precursor that it included the penalizing of all offensive language.
"I don't know how they're going to [enforce] it," he said. "That's going to be a tough thing. It's your word against his word. I think that can kind of get tricky.
"Well, what if I say this? There are a bunch of other [offensive] things I could say and not get a penalty. I think if we're going to bring one thing in, I think we've got to put them all in the hat. And I think that'll work out [better]."
But Bosh is among those who believe that the context in which the n-word is used does make a difference between if it should be a penalizing factor. With the word's spread in popular music and films, the line between it being an insult and term of camaraderie has become incredibly blurred.
"That's why it's so confused, because it's in mainstream America now," Bosh explained. "And a lot of people say, 'Aw, I'm not a racist because I used it in a friendly way.'
"It's like I said -- if you're going to [penalize] one word, then put them all in there. Use every slur, every negative curse word, if you will, and that will simplify it a little bit."
The NBA does have some history of handing out offenses for insulting language. Both Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah have been fined in the past for using homophobic slurs, but they were directed toward a referee and fan respectively.