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Jaguars Star Marcedes Lewis

AGAINST NFL N-WORD BAN

'Sometimes Things Come Out'

2/28/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0227_marcedes-lewis_gettyJacksonville Jaguars star Marcedes Lewis says the NFL's proposed n-word ban is a BAD IDEA ... telling TMZ Sports, "These games are intense, sometimes things come out."

The league acknowledges that it's discussed enacting a rule that would penalize any player caught using the word on the field ... and Lewis says at first, he was into the idea.



"Initially, I thought [the rule] was the right thing to do -- but I've changed my mind.  These games are intense ... sometimes things come out." 

Lewis says, "I don't use the word. There won't have to be much of an adjustment for me ... but the referees are really gonna have to listen hard."

"You're telling me during a game the refs have to zero in on what someone says with a mouthpiece in? Their jobs are hard enough.  They already catch enough grief for making bad calls." 

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper -- the white guy who had his own n-word controversy -- has spoken out in favor of the rule ... because ... well ... duh. 

"Initially, I thought [the rule] was the right thing to do -- but I've changed my mind.  These games are intense ... sometimes things come out." 

Lewis says, "I don't use the word. There won't have to be much of an adjustment for me ... but the referees are really gonna have to listen hard."

"You're telling me during a game the refs have to zero in on what someone says with a mouthpiece in? Their jobs are hard enough.  They already catch enough grief for making bad calls." 

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper -- the white guy who had his own n-word controversy -- has spoken out in favor of the rule ... because ... well ... duh. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!

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