Joe Flacco knew he made a mistake as soon as he said it Monday night, so he apologized for it Tuesday.
In reference to a question about cold-weather Super Bowls, Flacco called it a “retarded” idea, then admitted immediately he shouldn’t have used the word, following it with “stupid.”
Tuesday, he said he wished he could have reeled it back in.
“Obviously, it was a bad choice of words. I wish I hadn’t said it,” Flacco said, via Mike Garafolo of USA Today. “I have a great relationship with Special Olympics back in Baltimore and have had one for many years. I didn’t mean to offend anybody, but I definitely apologize for it.”
It’s good that Flacco immediately recognized his mistake, and went right back to being his “dull” self. And hopefully more people, not just football players, will learn that the two words he used Monday aren’t interchangeable.