Doug Baldwin joined a trio of other Seahawks on Monday night at the premiere of the “Super Bowl XLVIII Champions Seattle Seahawks” movie in downtown Seattle.
Much like his teammate Richard Sherman, Baldwin came out strongly against the NFL considering penalties for the use of the N-word on the field.
“I think it’s absurd,” Baldwin said. “I understand Roger Goodell and his safety council, or whoever they are, they’re trying to do this with good intentions. … Maybe. But, if you look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African-Americans. Whether whoever wants to agree with it or not, we have turned it kind of into a term of endearment.
“So, for the rule to specifically to hone in on one word, it’s kind of odd to me when there’s so many other things that are more offensive that have been said on the football field. That word, like you’ve heard many guys say, they’ve never heard it towards them in a disrespectful way (on the field). It’s more of a term of endearment. Never heard it from the opposite race, so the only people they are really going at are African-Americans.”
The Fritz Pollard Alliance expects and hopes the NFL’s competition committee will recommend the rule following its recent meetings. Reportedly under consideration is a 15-yard penalty for the first use of the word, followed by an ejection for a second infraction.
League owners vote on any rule change in late March.
“If you want to ban offensive language, let’s ban all offensive language,” Baldwin said. “Not one particular word that is only used by one particular group.”