More at the link:John Wooten called Wednesday's emphatic crackdown on eliminating abusive and racially-charged taunting "a tremendous victory for the league."
"It is going to change the culture," Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors the league's diversity policies, told USA TODAY Sports. "I applaud Jeff Fisher, Rich McKay, Ozzie Newsome and the rest of the competition committee for stepping up. The young guys coming into the league are going to know they can't call each other the N-word. It's another form of bullying.
Wooten said the incident that spurred his Fritz Pollard Alliance to write a letter to the competition committee to clean up the game stems from a November Philadelphia Eagles-Washington Redskins game when Redskins left tackle Trent Williams was accused of a racial epithet directed at umpire Roy Ellison, who is also African-American. Williams denied the charge.
Wooten said because Ellison reacted by yelling an expletive at Williams instead of throwing a flag for an unsportsmanlike penalty, the umpire was suspended for one game.
"If you talk to officials or (vice president of officials) Dean Blandino, the disrespect runs rampant out there," Wooten said. "It's horrible. Taunting calls have escalated."
John Wooten: NFL's crackdown on racially-charged taunting a 'tremendous victory'
I only posted the part pertaining to Trent Wililams. John Wooten is the Chairman of an organization dedicated to pushing for tolerance and diversity in the NFL and aims to protect black players in the league. In the Trent Williams incident both individuals are black. The accusations are that Trent Williams used a racial epithet directed at the ref, and that this is what caused them to write a letter and ultimate push for this new rule change/direction.
It's a bit weird seeing as how Wililams was never punished (I don't believe he was fined?) and the ref was the one punished by being suspended for 1 game - but it seems a bit weird that Wooten would be making this up or didn't do due diligence on the matter.
Williams has denied the accusation.