The NFL’s proposal to penalize players for using the N-word may not be a problem for the Rev. Al Sharpton, but it doesn’t sit well with Michael Wilbon.

The ESPN host let his feelings be known about the controversial issue during Monday’s episode of “Pardon The Interruption (PTI).”

To sum it up, Wilbon has a “massive problem” with what’s being discussed.
“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,’” he expressed. “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 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.”

Wilbon’s views are a contrast to Sharpton, who considered the penalty a “good first step” in tackling hateful language. Nevertheless, the MSNBC personality felt efforts should be made to fully utilize the power of the proposal should it be approved.

“I think that the penalty should go further — it ought to be immediate termination with the player having the right to all due process,” Sharpton said in a post for the New York Daily News. “If we don’t take an unequivocal stand on the N-word, what happens when openly gay athletes are mocked with the F-word on the field or players use anti-Semitic or anti-Irish words. We must send a message that all derogatory words are unacceptable and will face maximum penalty.”

Despite his opposition to the proposed NFL penalty, Wilbon confessed to using the N-word himself before appearing on ESPN’s , “Outside The Lines.” (Watch the full clip below)


2 thoughts on “ESPN’s Michael Wilbon Used the N-word on ESPN to Prove a Point [WATCH]

  1. Timekeeeper on said:

    This is one of those topics that will never be solved on this blog. I am confident that there are going to be all sorts of (strong) opinions both pro and con. and guess what, everyone will have a legitimate point. Some will say you are worng, and others will say, No; youre wrong!! it is bound to happen with a discussion of this magnitude. I will say this. As much as I like Al Sharpton his opinion is not the be all and end all to every minority issue. There have been lots of conversations about the NBA and NFL recently. the one problem I have is that so many pundits, politicans, activists, etc, etc have weighed in on all of these controversial issues. Too many of them have never, ever suited up for a game, or even been in a locker room. In fact, a lot of them only remembera Glym class that many of them didnt even want to take because they stunk. Now, all of a sudden they are sports experts. I personally would rather hear from athletes who, at least, are invested in the game. Not someone trrying to score brownie points, or political points. I know some feel the locker room is a workplace. But lets not be so disengenuos. I would not equate a cubicle at the local softeware compnay with an NFL or NBA locker room. there are some basic differences and if you have never played high school ball, college ball or even Intramural sports, or a pick up game there are just some things you dont get. I dont know if Michael Wilbon is right or wrong. Like I said there is no one answer. But he knows a heck of a lot more about sports than Al Sharpton everl will.

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