After making controversial statements about black quarterbacks, former NFL player Dexter Manley apologized when a joke he made offended others.
Here’s his apology:
Original story posted January 4th
If you know anything about former NFL player Dexter Manley, you’re not going to be surprised to learn why he’s in hot water today for running his mouth trying to be funny.
The two-time Super Bowl champion is catching flack for making a racist joke when discussing black quarterbacks on TV Saturday.
Manley was appearing on CBS affiliate WUSA9 in DC to talk about his old team, the Washington Redskins. He compared the team’s quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III, and it was when he was discussing RG3 that he made the racist crack.
“Robert as a quarterback … most of the black quarterbacks, they like running, because they’re probably used to running from the law. So I think more importantly this guy, this guy goes through his progression — he just plays well,” Manley said.
We can only assume the former Washington defensive end was trying to get some chuckles, but that joke was just flat.
Black quarterbacks have been working for decades to overcome stereotypes that led to them being seen as not smart enough to even play the position.
As Larry Brown Sports points out, it’s a shame that you have Manley making these sorts of cracks when he was a teammate of Doug Williams, who was the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
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