TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis sent a tweet containing an anti-Asian slur Sunday night and has since apologized, saying he did not realize the deeply hurtful meaning of the term. .
“I have to stop letting the g … in Miami,” Carlton wrote in the since deleted tweet.
Davis, 24, apologized for using the insult in subsequent tweets, saying he thought the term meant “pathetic.”
“I would never offend any group of people,” Davis wrote in a tweet accompanied by a picture of an undisclosed slang dictionary entry. “You reporters can look for another story to exploit. The term was aimed at a producer who claimed that he ‘ran Miami.’ With that said, I will remove that word from my vocabulary, revealing the difficult times our Asian family is going through. ❤️.
“I used a term that where I come from has always meant ‘lame’ but I didn’t realize that it has a much darker negative connotation. I have learned a valuable lesson and I want to apologize to anyone who was offended by seeing that word because we have to focus on helping each other during these difficult times. “
According to a report by the Center for the Study of Hate Extremism, hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen nearly 150% in major US cities over the past year, and several incidents have made headlines in The last weeks.
Davis has spoken out against racism in the past and about his experiences as a black man. He is part of the Bucs social justice board, which met with community leaders last summer to discuss ways the police can build better relationships with the black community.