Former NFL Officiating Head: League May Use Current 'Abusive Language' Rules to Penalize 'N-word'

After those on the NFL Competition Committee revealed that the league was considering penalizing the use of the N-word, former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira said the NFL may not adopt a formal rule and instead ask officials to police certain types of language with current rules.

The NFL can already penalize abusive language, and the league "will probably make racial slurs a point of emphasis." The current rule against abusive language says, “Using abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials ore representatives of the league."

“I don’t think we’ll see a rule change coming specifically but I do think we’ll see a point of emphasis coming from this that the officials, it will be put upon them to flag any racial slur, anything they hear that’s a racial slur, period, will draw a 15-yard penalty,” Pereira said.

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