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Troy Aikman Has Gay Slur Directed His Way

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If you’re a Washington Redskins fan, you probably were none too happy when they lost to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. A win was in sight, and then BOOM, the Broncos defense stepped up their game and Peyton Manning continued to be, well, Peyton Manning.

A loss like that can make a fan sour, but so sour you have to throw a gay slur at Troy Aikman? The guy announcing the game? What did he ever do to you?

Dexter Manley, former defensive end for the Washington Redskins, called Aikman a “queer” while he was on the radio.

You see, Manley makes a weekly appearance on WTOP in the Washington-area to recap Redskins games and give his “analysis.” This week, for the Broncos-Redskins game, one of the hosts asked Manley if he thought Aikman being at Mile High Stadium was bad luck for the Redskins. Manley responded, saying, “I think Troy Aikman is a queer.”

How does that even answer the question? What does that even have to do with football?

You can hear the audio below. The distasteful moment happens around the 3:20 mark.

The hosts were quick to have Manley apologize, which he did not do directly. And even a half apology was only given after continued requests from the hosts.

Many took to Twitter with their disapproval of what Manley said.

Because of his bad taste, Manley will no longer give analysis on WTOP. Jim Farley, WTOP’s Vice President of News and Programming, responded to many on Twitter, letting them know Manley has since been let go.

You can watch the video below for the moment Manley says the gay slur, as well as a response from WTOP Vice President and General Manager Joel Oxley, and responses from the public.

Manley has since apologized in an interview with WUSA9, an ABC affiliate in Washington, as well as via an email to The Washington Post. In the email he said, “In an interview with WTOP radio Monday, while intending to be funny, I used a slur to refer to Troy Aikman. 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.”

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Troy Aikman Has Gay Slur Directed His Way
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  • http://no dan rico

    That’s ok manley, you’re a ni 66 er, so all is forgiven.

  • 21stCenturyCalling

    Really America… If this gets people’s dander up it is time to evaluate our culture. There are so many people by poised to cry about every little thing said in the media today.

    It is time to regrow some thicker skin and stop obsessing over these trivial comments.

  • Jaye Dee

    I didn’t even realize Dexter was still alive until this came up. I don’t think anyone should be upset about it. It’s not like Dexter is offering anything worthwhile to the world. He uses the words he can repeat. Honestly, who cares what he thinks or says. It isn’t like he can spell Ph.D. He’s a sick old man, give him his bowl of Jello and let him go back to his room and stay there.

  • MIke

    Having lived in WDC for 20 years. Dexter has always stuck his foot in his mouth. He’s an ex-con, Basically he’s an idiot who should be forgotten.

  • JohnyPinga

    I only have to chime in to say…………I really don’t care. No, Honestly, I don’t care. Why this is news s beyond me.

  • r miiler

    if it had been vise versa, there would be outrage, aikman would be called a racist, and he would be out of a job. this double standard is sickening

  • doug

    Congrats Jim Farley and Joel Oxley from WTOP.(as well as the interviewer) Handled this with Class, dignity and setting the tone toward the future. Not the past. HIGHLY impressed. Just wanted to share.

  • Steve

    Here’s the thing … saying slurs about black people used to be funny to some years ago (but not to black people) … but society has evoled since then. So it’s kind of ironic that a black man today would think it was OK to slander ANY group (even for what he thought was funny years ago). Limited intelligance there (and that is about the MAN and not the color of his skin or his sexual orientation).

  • kc

    That comment was soooo wrong. He has a lot of nerve. He should not be allowed back on.. what was he trying to get some publicity for himself? I wouldnt put it past him. Maybe someone should call him something on national media and see how he likes it. scrambled eggs for brains!!

  • THOMAS

    I FEEL THE COMMENT MADE CONCERNING TROY AIKMANS SEXUALITY WAS CHILDISH AND IMMATURE OF MANLEY JUST BECAUSE YOUR NAME IS MANLEY HOW DO WE KNOW IS YOU ARE A MAN. ONE THING IS FOR SURE YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR OPINIONS TO YOURSELF TROY STILL HAS A JOB, HEARD YOU WERE FIRED. OPINIONS ARE LIKE ASS HOLES EVERYONE HAS ONE AND YOU JUST MADE ONE OUT OF YOURSELF.HE HAS PROVEN THAT HE IS MORE OF A MAN THAN YOU WILL EVER BE

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