N-word has no place in NFL, society

Anything to get rid of hateful slur, including proposed penalty, is a good thing

Updated: February 25, 2014, 5:32 PM ET
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

The civility revolution must not fail, and institutions like the NFL must not be exempt.

A proposed new rule that would establish a yardage penalty for on-field use of the N-word is a great step toward the culture change that should be force-fed to the NFL and its players if they won't take the necessary steps on their own. The word simply has no acceptable place in 2014 discourse. It benefits no one and carries extensively hurtful potential. It has to go. So if there are players out there ...

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