Some things are just better left unsaid. This is the only statement that could apply to Dexter Manley's loose lips this week. While the former Washington Redskins football player, and current NFL analyst is known for verbally pushing the envelop with his on-air smack talk, this time he may have pushed things a bit too far this time.
The “Secretary of Defense” recently came under fire for his verbal attack against former Dallas Cowboys' star quarterback Troy Aikman. For those who are behind on the latest NFL happenings, Manley was a guest on Washington's only all-news station, WTOP. Now, Manley normally guest stars on the show periodically, however, this particular stunt may have ruined his welcome.
Manley was on air Monday morning to talk football in a discuss about the Cowboys' last-minute loss to the Detroit Lions' in Sunday's game. According to the Washington Post, everything as going just fine until a trick question put the ball in Manley's court. One of the radio commentators asked if Manley thought the Cowboys loss was triggered by Aikman being on of the analyst for the game.
In a nutshell, they wondered if Manley felt the team was jinxed as a result of such an unorthodox loss. Manley responded with an offensive jab saying, “I think Troy as a queer.”
Although the WTOP anchors, Bruce Allen and Mike Moss, went into immediate action to have Manley retract the statement, the damage had already been done. However, he did apologize on air by simply saying, “I'm sorry about that. I take that back. … I apologize.”
Immediately following the segment the WTOP newsroom director, Jim Farley, issued a public statement regarding Manley's action. "This morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment. He was immediately challenged by WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan. We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened on WTOP. WTOP has contacted a representative for Manley and informed her that he will not be returning."
Manley also issued a formal apology following the events that occurred on the radio segment. His statement read, "In an interview with WTOP radio Monday, while intending to be funny, I used a slur to refer to Troy Aikman," said Manley. "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."