Should the NFL enforce a 15 yard penalty for using racial slurs?

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throwingflag-apThe Red Light Sports Network presents the Saturday episode of the “Red Light Rant”.  The NFL and the NBA got Evan and Troy all fired up for this weeks episode.  The first topic deals with the new proposal from the NFL.  The NFL has proposed that they will start enforcing penalties when the use of racial slurs are used during the game. This will be enforced as a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty; which of course will result in an automatic first down.  The show ends with a topic related to the comments made by recently traded Gary Neal.  Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News asked Gary Neal “Better than your last trip to SA with the Bucks?”  Gary Neal answered “This was real basketball”, and also went on to say “Happy to be in a situation to play in games like this, not doing whatever it is Milwaukee is attempting to do.”

The debate is mixed about the “new” rule about racial slurs in the NFL.  However, the NFL wouldn’t be adding a new rule, rather enforcing one that already exists in the 2013 NFL Rule Book.  Will Brinson an NFL Writer for CBSSports.com published an article “Report: NFL feels it can punish racial slurs on field with existing rules”.“.  This article lists Section 3, Article 1 of the NFL Rule Book which is titled Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

Article 1: Prohibited Acts. There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act  which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship. Such acts specifically   include, among others:

                                    (a) Throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even though no contact is made.

                                    (b)Using abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials, or representatives of the League. 

Once you look beyond the actual rule, is enforcement of this rule feasible?  The referees already have a number of things to watch for in a game, it’s called the game itself.  Demeaning language of any sort; at any time, is not an acceptable practice.  However; in the world of sports, whether you want to agree or disagree has been going on since competition started.  The boys agree that it should not be tolerated, but now you are asking the referees to monitor every word that is being said on the field.

Evan questions if the NFL is being hypocritical.  The definition of racial slur; according to Dictionary.com, is a derogatory or disrespectful nickname for a racial group, used without restraint.  There has been a huge debate over the Washington Redskins name, and  many groups have supported the name.  When you break it down to the pure principal of the matter; this definition would make the Redskin name a racial slur.  Listen to the heated discussion that Evan and Troy have about this topic on this episode of the “Red Light Rant“.

To finish the show, the boys touched briefly on some of the comments from Gary Neal.  Gary Neal had signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.  Recently, he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats.  His new team traveled to San Antonio to play the Spurs.  Dan McCarney from the San Antonio Express-News caught up with Gary Neal and asked him a simple question.  His response was derogatory and demeaning to the Milwaukee Bucks organization.  Every person has a right to their opinion, but lets not forget that Mr. Neal is the one who picked up the pen and signed his name when the dollar signs were dangled in front of him.  Prior to the trade, there had been many rumors of the disgruntled Neal in the locker room, and now his true colors were revealed in this interview.

Listen the to boys discuss how they really feel about Gary Neal’s comments on the “Red Light Rant“.

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  • I am part Native American and agree 100% that the name “Redskins” is a racial slur.