Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is unhappy with the NFL for banning a particular racial slur during games next season, and has a reason for it that some may find unusual.
“I think it’s absurd,” Baldwin told the Tacoma News Tribune. “I understand Roger Goodell and his safety council, or whoever they are, they’re trying to do this with good intentions. … Maybe. But, if you look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African Americans. Whether whoever wants to agree with it or not, we have turned it kind of into a term of endearment....
“That word, like you’ve heard many guys say, they’ve never heard it towards them in a disrespectful way on the field. It’s more of a term of endearment. Never heard it from the opposite race, so the only people they are really going at are African Americans.
“If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language. Not one particular word that is only used by one particular group.”
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