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Not everyone thinks that Richard Sherman always chooses his words carefully, but he is undeniably someone who thinks seriously about language. The loquacious Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback who majored in Communications at Stanford has spoken out against the proposed ban on the N-word reportedly being considered by the NFL.

“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?”

A rule prohibiting players from using the N-word during games has been promoted by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that monitors racial diversity and equality of job opportunity in NFL coaching, front office and scouting staffs. The group believes the NFL will soon enact a rule that will penalize a player 15 yards for using the N-word on the field during a game.

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