Two Browns take stand against one word

As the Miami Dolphins situation unravels, two Browns players were clear about one element of the story.

The ugly racial epithet Dolphins guard Richie Incognito reportedly used to refer to Jonathan Martin (the N-word) is not appropriate. Even if it’s used as slang or in a purportedly friendly manner.

“It’s not appropriate for anybody,” said wide receiver Davone Bess said.

“Not at all [appropriate],” linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. “I don’t say the word myself. It should not be used at all.”

Jackson and Bess are both veterans and team leaders, and both are African-American.