NFL wants to curtail profanity
Referee Jeff Triplette's crew, which worked the Seahawks-Panthers game last week, repeatedly warned players about profanities directed at each other and even flagged the Seattle's K.J. Wright for mouthing a loud obscenity at a Carolina player.
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ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert is hoping the NFL's officials can separate profanity of frustration and celebration from profanity of provocation. Blog
Technically, it was a taunting penalty, but the NFL Competition Committee recommended emphasis on such verbal abuse.
League VP of officiating Dean Blandino conceded Saturday to ESPN that officials want to curtail "actions [verbal or otherwise] directed at an opponent."
Blandino said profanity by itself is not prohibited, but where verbal actions are directed at an opponent, it's usually profane.