The use of racial slurs and other abusive language on the field during NFL games dropped significantly this season, according to The Washington Post.
According to data provided to The Washington Post, there were only six reported incidents in which a slur was used on the field this year, down from 29 in 2013.
Prior to the 2014 season, the NFL banned the use of racial, homophobic and other slurs on the field during games. Violators would be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct and would face a fine.
John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance – a diversity group that has close ties to the league – praised the numbers.
“I think it says very clearly that the players understand the gravity of what we’re trying to do,” Wooten told The Washington Post. “I think the clubs and everyone else are to be congratulated."
"The key thing here is we’re talking about respect. It’s about respect and dignity. Ideally it should be zero. But it’s headed in the right direction.”
This season, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined for allegedly using a racial slur during a game, but the fine was cut in half due to a lack of evidence. Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton also said he was fined for using a racial slur during a game.
- Stanley Kay