Kansas City Chiefs star running back Larry Johnson has apologized for calling reporters “faggots” earlier in the week, but yesterday the team suspended him anyway.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson issued an apology Tuesday and was told to stay away from the team while the NFL and the Chiefs complete their investigation into his use of a gay slur. As Johnson was releasing his apology, a national gay rights advocacy organization called on the league and the team to take disciplinary action against the two-time Pro Bowl player. The episode began Sunday night, when Johnson questioned Coach Todd Haley’s football credentials on his Twitter account. He used the slur during an exchange with one of his Twitter followers. A day later, he used it again as he brushed off reporters and told them he would not comment, according to the Kansas City Star, which recorded the comment.
“I regret my actions. The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate. I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse for what I said.” The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has welcomed the apology. In a statement, GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said: “Larry Johnson’s apology sends an important message that there is no excuse for using anti-gay epithets.