FPA Commends NFL on Commitment to Rid the League of Offensive Language

FPA: “Eliminate racial slurs and other offensive, threatening, and abusive language from the game we love”

Washington, DC—The Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of National Football League (“NFL”) teams, applauded the NFL for its commitment to increasing sportsmanship on, and eliminating racial slurs and other offensive, threatening, and abusive language from, NFL playing fields.  The FPA released the statement after NFL executives spent much of this week’s League meetings addressing a need for increased sportsmanship, ultimately encouraging and empowering game-day officials to use existing rules banning offensive language to assess 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for the use of racial slurs.

Fritz Pollard Alliance Executive Director and Chair, Harry Carson and John Wooten, stated:

“The Fritz Pollard Alliance commends the National Football League and its Competition Committee on their commitment to ridding the League of racial slurs and other offensive, threatening, and abusive language.  The use of such language on playing fields and in locker rooms tarnishes the game we all love.  Racial slurs, in particular, are the ugliest words in our language.  And whatever arguments people want to make about the “N-Word” being benign, it reeks of hatred and oppression, and no matter the generation or the context, it simply cannot be cleansed of its taint.  We cannot allow it and other hateful slurs to flourish on NFL fields.

“NFL players are among the hardest working young men in this country, courageously trying to win for their teams and millions of fans.  However, there is no valor in using these disgusting words.  It just diminishes the game and everyone involved.

“We stand behind the NFL in its dedication on this matter, and we call on each and every club to take responsibility and reinforce the League’s message so that we can eliminate racial slurs and other offensive, threatening, and abusive language from the game we love.”

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About the Fritz Pollard Alliance

The FPA is a membership organization of minority coaches, front office, scouting and game day officials in the NFL.  It was founded in 2003 by civil rights attorney Cyrus Mehri and the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.  The FPA has championed the Rooney Rule and other changes in the National Football League.

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