Come on, Dexter Manley. You know better than to use this kind of language. Or maybe you don’t. And more’s the pity.
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 Washington’s 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 Manley’s mouth: "I think Troy Aikman’s a queer.”
Too bad it wasn’t 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, I’m sorry about that," Manley said.
Asked if he wanted to apologize to Aikman, he said: "I’ll just say I take that back, since he’s 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 that’s 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 doesn’t work now. I’ll do my best to make sure it doesn’t happen again and hope you will accept my apology.”
WTOP’s 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.