According to reports, the NFL will start to penalize players that use racial slurs on-field. This goes for racial slurs against African-American and Caucasian players alike.
The move was spear-headed by the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Pollard was the first African-American Head Coach in the NFL, and played in the NFL in 1920. According to the head of the alliance, John Wooten, he believes the NFL will have a 15-yard penalty for a first time offense, followed by immediate ejection for another offense.
The league also has people in favor of the move. “We did talk about it, I’m sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard Alliance came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field,” said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome in an interview with ESPN.
Last season, Riley Cooper used the n-word at a concert which was recorded and ended up going viral, causing much disdain from not only the league, but his own teammates. Cornerback Cary Williams and Cooper getting into a fight during a team practice.