What a country we live in.
Former NFL lineman Dexter Manley has done some good things in his life. His appearance on D.C. radio station WTOP yesterday was not one of them. At the end of a light-hearted segment discussing the NFL, hosts asked Manley — who played for Washington for years — a question about Troy Aikman, former quarterback of the rival Dallas Cowboys. "I think Troy Aikman was a queer," Manley responded. Here's the conversation, per OutSports:
Host: Was it a big jinx that Troy Aikman was doing the game, the former Cowboy?
Manley: I think Troy Aikman is a queer.
Host: Uh-oh. We don't want to go there.
Manley: Okay, I'm sorry about that.
Host: Now, you want to apologize to him?
Host: You don't?
Manley: I'll just say, I take that back. Since he's a Cowboy fan.
Host: Right. Well we don't want certainly anyone to think that anybody endorses anything like that, Dexter, because that is really not an area that we want to go in.
Manley: Okay, I apologize.
WTOP almost immediately issued a further apology and announced that Manley would not be invited back on their show. Manley himself has also since apologized. Wrote Manley: " 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."