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NFL Won't Discipline Tank Carder for Using the Word 'Faggot'

Over the past year we have seen progress in professional sports when it comes to discipline for public displays of homophobia and anti-gay language, ranging from a $100,000 fine for Kobe Bryant, who called a referee a "f**king fag" to a three-game suspension and salary donation to pro-LGBT groups for Toronto Blue Jay Yunel Escobar, who painted an anti-gay slur in his eyeblack during a game.

Tank_carderAtlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended for two weeks, fined, and ordered to undergo sensitivity training after he was seen heckling fans with homophobic language, and when Seattle Sounder Marc Burch mouthed "faggot" on a broadcast earlier this month, Major League Soccer acted swiftly with the same punishment.

This week, Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder used the word "faggot" in an exchange on Twitter and then spewed a series of ugly follow-up tweets.

Said Carder, complaining about people angry at him for using the slur: "Yea, they all gettin butt hurt." He later added, "I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe, it's just a word."

The Browns issued a statement: "These comments are certainly not reflective of the Cleveland Browns organization, nor do we condone them in any fashion. We have spoken with Tank and have made this very clear to him."

Apparently, that's enough for everyone, including the NFL.

The organization is taking no action, Outsports reports:

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Outsports via email:

We were in contact with the club and the club addressed it with the player. Divisive comments of that nature can only be hurtful to many fans and has no place in the NFL. The Browns made clear to the player that it was unacceptable and he issued a public apology.


Cleveland Browns Says It Has 'Made Very Clear' to Tank Carder That They Don't Condone the Word 'Faggot'

Yesterday I posted a flurry of tweets from Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder in which he used the word "faggot" in an exchange with another user and followed it up with several non-apologies and this statement:

Tank_carder"I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe, it's just a word."

Today, the Cleveland Browns issued a statement:

"These comments are certainly not reflective of the Cleveland Browns organization, nor do we condone them in any fashion. We have spoken with Tank and have made this very clear to him."

And Carder has issued yet another non-apology on Twitter:

"I was not bashing the gay community in any way...if you knew me you would know I wouldn't do that. Again I'm sorry if you were offended"

Writes Outsports of the Browns' statement: "I assume the Browns and the NFL don’t believe that’s the end of it. A statement from the Browns is a good start, not the end of this."

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