Maimi, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Miami Heat center Chris Bosh who is pushing for the NBA to ban racial and homophobic word-use by players admits there is a major issue about policing of the N-word because it can be also used as a term of endearment.
“That’s why it’s so confused, because it’s in mainstream America now,” Bosh said. “And a lot of people say, ‘Aw, I’m not a racist because I used it in a friendly way.’ ”
Bosh, who is black, said he hears the N-word used by players during games and that it creates uncomfortable situations.
The Heat center wants the NBA to follow NFL’s lead to ban racial and homophobic slurs but NBA spokesman Tim Frank said that the league is not currently contemplating a rule in that area.
Enforcing a similar penalty in basketball could conceivably come in the form of technical fouls or ejections for escalating offenses.