In the wake of several Week 1 dust-ups and Thursday night’s Patriots-Jets scuffle, the NFL has announced that it will be working to curb some of the profanity that flies through the air at games.
League vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told ESPN on Saturday that officials will be seeking to slow the flow of “actions [verbal or otherwise] directed at an opponent.” While profanity in and of itself is still permitted, profanity directed at an opposing player — suggesting a course of action for the player to take, for instance, or comparing him to excrement — won’t be tolerated.
The NFL competition committee has recommended that the “taunting penalty” be expanded to emphasize the forbidden nature of such profanity. Granted, this will cut the entire vocabulary of certain players and coaches in half, but that’s apparently a risk the NFL is willing to take.
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- Steelers’ Ryan Clark: “I’m so disgusted with the NFL right now” (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)