Bosh: 'Ban all slurs' on basketball court

Posted: February 28, 2014

THE NFL's competition committee is contemplating issuing a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word or other slurs on the field.

Yesterday, Heat forward Chris Bosh said he wouldn't mind if the NBA followed suit.

"Ban all slurs," said Bosh, who is African-American.

"It is in mainstream America now," he said of the N-word. "A lot of people say, 'I'm not racist because I use it in a friendly way.' Like I said, if you're going to use one word, put them all in there, use every slur, every negative curse word and that will kind of simplify it a little bit. I think it's too gray right now.' "

The problem, Bosh rightly points out, is enforcing the policy. What does a player do if an official or referee doesn't hear the slur? Does he call timeout and complained that he was being picked on?

"I don't know how they're going to [enforce] it," he said. "That's going to be a tough thing. It's your word against his word. I think that can kind of get tricky."

Name gets bad rap

There was a time, long, long ago, when the name Lamar Odom conjured images of a better-than-average basketball player.

Not anymore.

Rapper Whole Slab has a new release titled "Lamar Odom" that is rife with drug references.

"Lamar Odom is now the street word for that illegal white substance," Slab told TMZ referring to crack cocaine.

What a legacy.

Blast from past

Yesterday's Phillies' starting lineup included Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Bobby Abreu and Marlon Byrd.

The last time those five were among the Phillies' starting nine was May 8, 2005.

Sign of the times

On this date in 1973, former Phillie Dick Allen signed a then-record $675,000, 3-year deal with the White Sox.

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