As everyone has heard by now, the NFL is placing a ban on words they consider racist, including the “n-word.”
Players that use racial slurs on the field will now be penalized 15 yards.
Several players have spoken out against the ban and on Monday, one of the league’s most outspoken players shared his opinion.
Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman thinks banning the n-word is not a good idea.
“It’s an atrocious idea,” Sherman told Peter King of the Monday Morning Quarterback. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”
Sherman made sure to note the difference in the use of the n-word, saying a word ending in er is racist while the word ending with an a is not racist.
“It’s in the locker room and on the field at all times,” Sherman said. “I hear it almost every series out there on the field.”
Tennessee Titans’ defensive back Jason McCourty agreed with Sherman while free agent linebacker D’Qwell Jackson supported the NFL’s decision.
Sherman recorded 49 tackles, eight interceptions and 16 passes defended, helping the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl.