Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis tweeted an anti-Asian bow on Sunday night – and then quickly deleted it – prompting him to post a second tweet later to apologize.
The gamer off Third year tweeted, « I have to stop leaving G-ks in Miami, » a derogatory term often used for people of Asian origin – particularly Vietnamese, Filipinos, and Koreans.
Davis deleted the tweet and wrote another who insisted that he was referring to a different use of the word and did not know it was used in a racist connotation.
« I would never offend a group of people, » wrote Davis. “You reporters can look for another story to blow up. The term was aimed at a producer who claimed he ran Miami. With that said, I will remove this word from my vocabulary in order to cope with the difficult times of our Asian family. «
In a second tweet minutes later, Davis wrote, » I’ve used a term that always means ‘lame’ from where I’m from, but I didn’t realize it had a much darker, negative connotation. I learned a valuable lesson and I would like to apologize to anyone who was offended by that word because we need to focus on helping each other in these difficult times. ”
The tweet comes at a time when Anti-Asian racism in America has seen a worrying rise, with a number of violent incidents in New York alone in the past week, including a woman brutally assaulted in Midtown.
The Asian American Journalists Association issued a statement , in which he condemned his tweet, « especially at a time when Asians in the US are seeing a surge in anti-Asian hatred ».
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