NFL spokesman: Fans caught using racial slurs at games will be banned
The NFL on Thursday indicated that any fan caught using racial slurs will be banned from future events at league stadiums, per comments made Thursday by league spokesman Joe Lockhart.
The announcement comes amid reports that a fan allegedly yelled racial slurs at Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor during Monday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“We have no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone,” Lockhart said during a conference call, via Pro Football Talk. “Those fans are not welcome to come back this week, next week, or any time.”
TMZ on Wednesday shared footage showing Pryor yelling “(expletive) you” and giving the middle finger to the crowd as he entered the tunnel following the Redskins’ 29-20 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Pryor has since claimed in an Instagram story that he was called the “(the N-word) several times” throughout the game.
The full text of Pryor’s accounting of the events Monday night reads as follows:
“Being called (the N-word) several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from the 2nd quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem. I choose not to kneel because as a team we decided to be the one and stand … but as I walked in tunnel hearing some one call me (the N-word) and say F you to me..me flicking the person off is more deserving. I do apologize to my teammates and the organization. But at some point you keep calling us The N Word .. we going to start acting up. #straightlikethat”
Lockhart in his comments Thursday added the NFL “is looking into all aspects of it and we will report back when we have concluded that review.”
If the NFL’s investigation confirms an individual behaved in such a manner during Monday’s game and that racial slurs were involved, it would not be the first time this season that an NFL fan would be banned for engaging in racist behavior or other such related acts.