Come on, Dexter Manley. You know better than to use this kind of language. Or maybe you dont. And mores the pity.
By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
During a live radio interview on WTOP in Washington, D.C., Monday, the former Washington defensive end called Troy Aikman a queer.
He was talking about Washingtons 45-27 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
One of the hosts asked if Washington was jinxed by having the former Cowboys quarterback as a color commentator for the game.
And inexplicably, these odd words came out of Manleys mouth: "I think Troy Aikmans a queer.
Too bad it wasnt TV because we would have given anything to see the faces of the radio hosts, who were clearly shocked and rushed to make Manley apologize right then and there.
"OK, Im sorry about that," Manley said.
Asked if he wanted to apologize to Aikman, he said: "Ill just say I take that back, since hes a Cowboy fan.
The hosts quickly cut the interview off, but not before Manley offered a feeble, OK, I apologize.
Later, he issued a written apology.
In an interview with WTOP radio Monday, while intending to be funny, I used a slur to refer to Troy Aikman, he wrote. It was wrong and insensitive. Anyone that knows me knows thats not who I am in my heart or mind. I want to apologize to Troy, but I mostly want to apologize to anyone else I offended.
Like a lot of people in these times, I have to realize that what I thought was funny years ago doesnt work now. Ill do my best to make sure it doesnt happen again and hope you will accept my apology.
WTOPs vice president of news and programming, Jim Farley, did not accept the apology and banned Manley from the station.
We were shocked and stunned when he said it. Needless to say he will not be back on WTOP, Farley tweeted.
No word yet from Aikman.