Michael Wilbon used the N-word on ESPN to prove a point [Video] - #MMBSports
The NFL is expected to consider a new rule that would see players receive a 15-yard penalty if they use the N-word on the field. Michael Wilbon, an opponent of the potential rule, used the word on live television Monday to make his point.
Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption, argues that although it would be beneficial to remove the word from the game, policing the use of the word raises issues.
“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,” Wilbon said on his show. “I’ve got a massive problem with that. I know there are black men of the same age… 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 also spoke about the issue on another ESPN show, Outside The Lines. In that interview, Wilbon purposefully used the N-word as he discussed how many people had reacted to his take on Pardon The Interruption.
Wilbon said friends of his often use the word to describe Wilbon endearingly. “It was absolutely endearing,” Wilbon said. “It is entirely to me about who uses it.” CREDIT / SOURCE - USA Today