Two Seahawks weigh in on N-word debate

The NFL is considering a controversial change this offseason, instituting a rule that would make it a 15-yard penalty if players use the N-word on the field. The proposed rule has been a big topic of debate, and in the past couple of days, two Seahawks have weighed in, saying they’re against such a rule.

Cornerback Richard Sherman told TheMMQB.com that he thought the proposed rule was “An atrocious idea. It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”

At Monday night’s premier of “Super Bowl XLIII Champions Seattle Seahawks” receiver Doug Baldwin agreed with Sherman on the topic.

“I think it’s absurd,” Baldwin said. “… I understand that they’re trying to do this with good intent, maybe. But if you really look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African-Americans. And whether you want to agree with it or not, we have kind of turned it into a term of endearment. So for the rule to specifically hone in on one word is kind of odd to me when there’s so many other things that are more offensive that have been said on the football field.

“You’ve heard many guys say they’ve never heard it towards them in a disrespectful way; it’s more as a term of endearment. Never heard it from an opposite race, so the only people that they’re really going at is African-Americans.”

Baldwin’s take is that if the NFL is trying to get offensive language out of the game, the league shouldn’t just focus on the N-word: “If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language, not just one particular word that’s only used by one particular group.”

More in Sports

Everett’s Ondrej Vala controls the puck with Swift Current’s Beck Malenstyn trailing Sunday afternoon at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on January 21, 2018. The Silvertips won 4-1. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Silvertips beat Swift Current, keep winning streak alive

U.S. Division-leading Everett has won seven straight WHL games

Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

Philadelphia is headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in 13 years

Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England climbed back from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville.

UW women earn their first Pac-12 victory of the season

Junior forward Hannah Johnson enjoys a career day as Washington tops Washington State, 56-49

Top gymnastics board members resign in wake of abuse case

Gymnasts say the organization did nothing to protect them after they were abused by the former team doctor.

POLL: Evaluating the Seahawks’ assistant coaching changes

Which change — offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, defensive coordinator — is biggest?

Dedication drives local coaches into 100-Season Club

Commitment to student-athletes is a hallmark of the area’s longest-tenured coaches.

Everett’s Tori Odom, right, attempts a shot with Edmonds’ Jake Higgins defending Saturday night at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center in Everett on January 20, 2018. The Trojans won 117-100. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
EvCC races past EdCC in NWAC North showdown

Gio Jackson scores 32 points to lead the Trojans over the Tritons 117-100.

Former QB on Schottenheimer: ‘He’s a win-first’ OC

Kellen Clemens has had the new Seahawks’ play-caller as his coordinator for 7 of his 11 NFL seasons.

Most Read