Troy Aikman was called a "queer" by former Washington Redskin's Defensive End Dexter Manley Monday morning in a radio interview.
The former Redskins All-Pro later apologized for using the homophobic remark.
A Hall of Fame quarterback, Aikman led his Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowls in the 1990s, and is currently a sport announcer for Fox Sports football analyst. On Sunday, Aikman co-announced the Redskins Cowboys game.
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In the interview on Washington DC's WTOP radio station, Manley is asked by anchor Mike Moss if having Aikman
call the game jinxed his old team.
"I think Troy Aikman's a queer," Manley responded.
The anchors immediately jumped on the former defensive back's statement, asking if Manley wanted to apologize on the air for what he had just said.
"Ok, I'm sorry about that," Manley said, though he refused to apologize to Aikman adding, "I'll just say, 'I take that back,' since he’s a Cowboy fan."
Prior to his gay slur, Manley was asked by the anchors how he would act when he was in the league and suffered a loss like the Redskins did on Sunday, to which the All-Pro said, "I mistreat my wife and kick the dog around."
Manley subsequently emailed The Washington Post's DC Sport Bog's Dan Steinberg, in which he directly apologized to Aikman
"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," Manley wrote. "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," Manley added.
WTOP’s Vice-President of News and Programming Jim Farley first criticized the former Redskin and later banned Manley from ever appearing back on WTOP via multiple tweets Monday.
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