Michael Wilbon upset the NFL wants to ban the N-word, but not the Redskins name

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon isn’t very happy that the NFL is trying to panelize players for using the N-word.

“I’ve got a real problem with this. … I’ve got a big problem with this,” Wilbon said, via the Washington Post. “So you’re gonna have a league with no black owners and a white commissioner — middle-aged and advanced-aged white men — say to black players, mostly — because that’s what we’re talking about — you can’t use the N-word on the field of play, or we’re gonna penalize you. I’ve got a massive problem with that. I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I know there are black men of the same age – John Wooten [of the Fritz Pollard Alliance] being one of them — who say no, you’ve got to take this word out of the workplace. I understand that. But I don’t want it enforced like this.”

Wilbin believes the word can be a term of endearment.

“It’s defaming in the context in which you saw it [in historical movies],” Wilbon said. “It is not defaming in the context in which I and many others use it every day. Not music and art; just language, just talk. I’m not a child of hip-hop; I use it every day with somebody else who uses it. And I understand people who don’t want to use it, I respect that. This is difficult, this is complicated. And the NFL, which won’t even stand up — Roger Goodell doesn’t have the guts to stand up and say Redskin is an offensive name. So he wants to take [the N-word] out of play, but he won’t take Redskin out of play? How gutless is that? What kind of signal are you sending? You act like Redskin is a term of endearment, which has been his position so far.”

I agree with Wilbon that the NFL needs to do something about the Redskins name, but he N-word is not a nice word, I don’t care how you want to justify it.

  • http://shawndc04.wordpress.com shawndc04

    Complete and utter B/S, Wilbon. I still cringe when I hear anyone, and I mean anyone, use that word and you should be ashamed of yourself for using and accepting it, given the historical images that word presents.

  • dreameagle

    my grandmother always used to say make lemonade from lemons, but my grandfather used to say you can’t make sugar from s**t;

    the latter is what Wilborn is full of;

    there is no possible rhyme or reason to use this word anywhere, any time or any way;

    if you can’t say it to you grandmother, maybe you shouldn’t say it at all;