Slur could be a game penalty
An NFL player who uses the N-word next season could be hit with a 15-yard penalty.
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John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, told reporters that he expects the NFL’s competition committee will enact the rule at next month’s owners’ meeting. A second offense would be a game ejection, according to CBSSports.com.
“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do,” Wooten told CBSSports.com. “We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room. Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere.”
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, a member of the competition committee, was asked about the proposal Saturday at NFL Combine.
“We did discuss it over the last three days,” Newsome told ESPN.com. “We’ll now go down to Naples starting next Friday and spend more time talking about it.”
The competition committee is scheduled to meet next week in Naples, Fla., and it will determine what will be presented to owners at league meetings in March.
“With any rule that we put into play we have to look at it from A to Z and find out any unintended consequences as much as the consequences,” Newsome told ESPN.com. “So, as it was stated in our meeting, there are mics everywhere, so if something has been said it’s probably going to be captured somewhere. So there will be an opportunity to get it verified if we have to.”
Praise for Dorsey
Considering Chiefs general manager John Dorsey spent several years as a top executive under Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson, it’s not of a surprise that Thompson couldn’t be happier about the Chiefs’ success in Dorsey’s debut season.
“They had a great year, we’re very happy for them,” Thompson said. “He’s a real scout in this day and age, sometimes those are hard to find. We’re proud of him and we wish we’d have won as many games as they won.”
Dorsey was later asked what the phrase “real scout” meant.
“Well, it’s the ability to evaluate talent,” Dorsey said. “I think Ted, too, is a real scout. He’s had a history of evaluating and selecting really good players and I think that’s what you do as this process unfolds.”
Chiefs scout honored
Former Chiefs receiver Willie Davis was chosen AFC scout of the year by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
Davis, who just completed his eighth season as an area scout for the Chiefs, is in charge of scouting the Southwest for the club.
“The guys that have won it before me, I know a couple and they were great scouts,” Davis said.
“I’ve learned a lot from them. On the road, they helped me a lot when I was coming up (as) a young scout, so just to follow in their footsteps and win the award, it’s humbling. It’s just a great feeling.”
Dorsey said Davis deserves the honor, which is handed out by an organization whose mission is to promote minority candidate talent development for coaching, front office executives and scouting staff throughout the NFL.
“Willie should be proud,” Dorsey said. “As an organization we’re proud because these are the guys you never hear about and you know what, these guys are pretty good. It should mean something for Kansas City, because it shows you that he played for the Chiefs and now he’s behind the scenes as a scout. And you know what? As good as he was as a player, he’s a pretty good scout, too. And that award reflects it.”
Davis played for the Chiefs from 1991-95, hauling in 172 passes for 3,014 yards and 20 touchdowns. He served as wide receivers coach with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and after retiring and also served minority coaching fellowships with the Chiefs and Colts before he was hired by the Chiefs in 2006.
Chiefs trainer recognized
Davis isn’t the only Chiefs staff member to be honored this week, either. On Wednesday, head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder was named the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, an organization representing NFL athletic trainers whose mission is to ensure the highest quality of health care to players.
“I’m proud of him,” Dorsey said.