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.
— Help Noel (@HelpNoel) October 29, 2013
@granthpaulsen on WTOP Dexter Manley just said he always thought Troy Aikman was a queer. Dude should not be on the radio.
— JD (@POWER_SURG3) October 28, 2013
Dexter Manley just crossed the line on @WTOP
— Amy Maclean (@MACcable) October 28, 2013
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.
— Jim Farley (@JFarleyWTOP) October 28, 2013
Lost in that Dexter Manley audio, how good of a job the WTOP hosts did to apologize and not let it pass like many in sports radio would.
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 28, 2013
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.”