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Chis Bosh favors ban of 'N-word'

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Chris Bosh opposes the use of the N-word. (USATSI)
Chris Bosh opposes the use of the N-word. (USATSI)

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh told reporters Wednesday that the NBA should follow the NFL's lead in establishing in-game penalties for use of "the n-word" as well as other racial and homophobic slurs. From ESPN:

Heat center Chris Bosh would support the NBA following the NFL's lead in efforts to consider penalizing players for using the N-word and other racial slurs during games.

Bosh, who is black, said he hears the N-word used by players during games and that it creates uncomfortable situations, although he says it's used primarily "in a friendly" way.

Bosh was asked about the subject by a Miami-area radio reporter during his session with media after Wednesday's practice in preparation for Thursday's game against the New York Knicks.

"It's a very tough situation," Bosh said of the prospect of penalizing the use of the N-word. "If that's the case, they should ban all slurs. And I know it's a big deal, because I think that word is used too much, especially in the mainstream nowadays."

via Chris Bosh of Miami Heat says NBA, NFL should ban use of 'all slurs' - ESPN.

Clippers forward Matt Barnes defended his use of the term last November after he was fined by the league for a tweet that included it. Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 in 2011 after cameras caught him using a homophobic slur. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined for an apologized for using the same term earlier that season.

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