Super Bowl champion Carlton Davis is in hot water for tweeting out a VERY offensive Asian slur — though Davis claims he didn’t know the “dark” history behind the word.
“Gotta stop letting g***s in Miami,” the Tampa Bay Bucs cornerback posted on Sunday evening in a since-deleted tweet.
Obviously, the tweet went viral and people couldn’t believe an NFL player would hurl such an offensive word around so casually.
Davis initially offered an explanation — and actually had the balls to attack the media for criticizing him in the first place.
The 24-year-old posted a screenshot from the Urban Dictionary definition of the word (which, conveniently, wasn’t even the top definition).
“A term commonaly [sic] used in South Florida to describe a person who is Lame. Synonym for Lame, wack, Fool or Stupid.”
Davis added, “I would never offend any group of people. You reporters can look for another story to blow up. The term was directed towards a producer claiming he ‘ran Miami.’ With that being said I’ll retire that word from my vocabulary giving the hard times our Asian family are enduring.”
Just minutes later, Davis was changing his tune in another statement.
“I used a term that from where I come from has always meant ‘lame’ but I did not realize it has a much darker, negative connotation. I have learned a valuable lesson and want to apologize to anyone that was offended by seeing that word because we need to focus on helping each other during these tough times.”
FYI, the g-word is an incredibly offensive anti-Asian slur that’s been around for decades. It was widely used by American soldiers against Koreans and Vietnamese people during military conflicts.
Ans since Davis is into using definitions … how about this one from Merriam-Webster.com:
“offensive — used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a nonwhite, non-American person and especially for an Asian person.”
No word if the NFL plans to take action.
Davis was a 2nd-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and had a pretty solid 2020 season … logging 68 tackles and 4 interceptions during the Bucs’ championship run.