MIAMI — With the NFL in talks about banishing the N-word from the playing field, Heat center Chris Bosh said the league would have to do more than just single out one derogatory term. The NFL is discussing plans of penalizing a player for using it during games.
"I'm OK with it (the penalty) but then it gets tricky," Bosh said. "What's if I say this? It's a bunch of other things I could say and not get a penalty. I think if you bring anything in, you've got to bring them all in. I think that will work out a lot better."
The rule change comes on the heels of the controversy involving former Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Martin claimed Incognito's use of the N-word was part of the bullying he was subjected to in the locker room.
Last season Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who is white, was caught saying the slur at a concert. The term is also often used amongst black players in NFL and NBA locker rooms.
"It is in mainstream America now," Bosh said. "A lot of people say, 'I'm not racist because I use it in a friendly way.' Like I said, if you're going to use one word, put them all in there, use every slur, every negative curse word and that will kind of simplify it a little bit. I think it's too gray right now."'