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NFL rule proposal, trashing trash talk

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The NFL is looking to clean up the trash talk. The NFL’s competition committee is considering a 15 yard penalty for a player caught using discriminatory language on the field. The "n" word is at the center of the discussion along with other slurs.

East Texas coaches are responding, and said they already ban the same slurs in their locker rooms. Enforcing it in the NFL may be a bit more tricky.

Talking smack seems like its always been part of the game. John Tyler High School head coach and former NFL player, Ricklan Holmes, said it’s about time the league tackles the problem.

“It’s going to have to do with the team itself,” he said. “It’s just like with my team. I can’t catch everybody saying it, but y’all can because you’re amongst each other.”

The rule change would potentially cover racial slurs and homophobic language. Most notably, the “n” word, something Coach Holmes said he’s already kicked from his teams vocabulary.

“It doesn’t matter who you are,” Holmes said. “I have some Hispanics on my team and they can’t say it either, just like I’m not going to let my African American kids say it either.”

Coach Darrell Piske said the Robert E. Lee players are taught a similar lesson.

“When we’re hammering our kids out here on discipline, we tell them that somebody’s going to call you on something or say something to you on the field that you’re not going to like and you got to learn to self control and handle it and keep your head about yourself and not get a penalty and retaliation,” he explained.

Controlling words has some worried the new policy would hinder freedom of speech rights.

“Of course it is,” Holmes said. “Because you’re supposed to have the right to say what you want to say, but just because you have the right to say what you want to say doesn’t mean it makes it right to say what you’re saying.”

Still, Coach Piske said the focus might be off.

“If they want to clean the game up, there’s a lot of things that they could attack more than this area,” Piske said. “It’s really opened up a whole can of worms and it’ll be interesting to see where they go with it.”

It’s about being a good sport with hopes of a better sport.

The NFL’s competition committee will continue discussing the policy change at a meeting next week in Florida. They will then vote on presenting the rule to the owners.

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