Personal Foul: NFL To Flag Racial Slurs

On field use of the so-called "N word" will draw a 15 yard penalty

The National Football League is expected to adopt a new rule which would penalize teams whose players utter a specific racial slur, referred to as the "N word", on the field.

Athletes have long ben penalized for profane or threatening utterances to officials, but the rule, as proposed by the NFL's competition committee would be an unprecedented attempt to curb not just the behavior, but language of professional athletes.

The rule is a proposal of the NFL's Fritz Pollard alliance, a coalition designed to promote diversity and equality in the NFL. It's chair, Charles Wooten, thinks the rule will be an important step forward:

"I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we're trying to do," Wooten said, according to "We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room.

"Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere."