Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Packers' Clay Matthews thinks it will be hard to monitor on-field language.


We saw reports that Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney wanted his team to stop using the n-word.

“Mr. Rooney actually talked to Ike Taylor about it this season. Ike and Mr. Rooney have a very good relationship,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said, via Pro Football Talk. “He told Ike, ‘I don’t want you guys using that word.’”

Now Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says he thinks it will be hard to eliminate from the game.

“I think it’s used as a term of endearment between players, and I think it’s so much a part of pop culture and culture in general that it’s going to be very hard to eliminate that from the game,” Matthews told Dan Patrick on Tuesday.  “I think is more something that should come from the locker room, organization, and team leaders to remove it if they see fit.

“This is an emotional game played by tough men who obviously are a little crazy in doing so,” Matthews said.  “I think this is going to be a very fine line as far as where this stops, when you start eliminating language from play. . . .  It’ll be very difficult.”

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