Tampa Bays Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis apologized for using an anti-Asian slur in his tweet. On Sunday, he tweeted “Gotta stop letting g**ks in Miami,” reports the Huffington Post. Consequently, a backlash ensued and Davis clarified that he did not know that the word was a racial slur and apologized.
Davis explained that in south Florida the word is slang for “lame.”
“I would never offend any group of people,” he tweeted. “You reporters look for another story to blow up. The term was directed towards a producer claiming he “ran Miami” with that being said I’ll retire that word from my vocabulary giving the hard times our Asian family are enduring.
“I used a term that from where I come from has always meant “lame” but I did not realize it has much darker, negative connotation. I have learned a valuable lesson and want to apologize to anyone that was offended by seeing that word because we need to focus on helping each other.”
The GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jason Licht also released a statement saying they were working with Carlton Davis so that he can learn from this experience.
“Words carry weight and it is incumbent upon all of us to have a thorough understanding of the words we choose and the effect they may have on others,” Licht said. “We look forward to working with Carlton to find appropriate way to learn from this experience and continue our joint efforts to put an end to all forms of social and racial injustices.”