Common, NFL Athletes Talk N-Word Usage In ESPN Special


The rapper appeared on an Outside The Lines special yesterday (February 23) to discuss the NFL’s controversial plan to penalize players 15 yards for using the word on the field. While there’s been controversy last season stemming from Richie Igcognito and Riley Cooper, this rule seems extremely complex to police, as its mostly black players using the N word during game play towards other black players. Here, Common weighs in, trying to put hip-hop’s context, which, admittedly, is an apples/orange situation; but he accurately points out that, while the word is reprehensible, young black teenagers aren’t shooting each other over that word, but for other systemic issues.

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