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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Sports fans could see more penalty flags on the football field, and it has nothing to do with unnecessary roughness or false starts.  It's about language.

This has to do with players dropping the 'N-word' on the field.  It is a move the NFL is looking to crack down on by penalizing players 15 yards if they use it.

"They are trying to be progressive and err on the side of tolerance, which in general is a very good stand for the NFL to take," said Danny Parkins, co-host of 610 Sports' "The Drive."

Danny and Carrington of 610 Sports "The Drive" took calls Monday, as sports fans weighed in on the issue.

"My biggest issue with the word is that people outside that culture try to regulate that word for people inside the culture," said Carrington Harrison, co-host of 610 Sports' "The Drive."

The move comes on the heels of recent incidents involving players on and off the field.

Last year, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was caught on cell phone video using the slur at a concert, and Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito came under fire for using the word in voicemails and text messages to a teammate.

Some say a crackdown is necessary.

"We shouldn't use it, and we shouldn't allow white people to use it to black people. We shouldn't allow black people to use it to other black people," said Danan Hughes, a former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver.

That said, Hughes does take issue with what the NFL is considering.

"There's a lot of foul language, a lot of foul actions that go on the football field, but to specify one word and to put the onus on the officiating crew to go out and police it, I think is absurd," he said.

That also raises questions about some of the NFL team names, for example the Washington Redskins and the Chiefs, which some would consider to be slurs.

The Chiefs had no comment on the proposed penalty.

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