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Flacco signs pledge to not use “R” word

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As the title to this blurb indicates, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has signed a pledge to not use the “R” word.

And, no, it’s not Redskins.

During the week preceding Super Bowl XLVII, Flacco called the idea of playing a Super Bowl in New Jersey “retarded.”  He immediately corrected himself, and he apologized for it the next day.

Now, Flacco and two of his teammates — tight end Ed Dickson and center Gino Gradkowski — have signed a pledge to eliminate use of the term.  The Maryland Special Olympics page has posted a photo of the signing ceremony.

It’s a potent message to folks who continue to use that word casually, typically with a meaning that is different from its actual meaning.  Which can make the person who uses the word completely oblivious to its potentially offensive nature.

Sort of like, well, never mind.

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58 Responses to “Flacco signs pledge to not use “R” word”
  1. unbiasfan says: May 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    Are you going to pledge not to say “Winning the Super Bowl is ******* awesome” too?

  2. markchmurasbabysitter says: May 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    Good move.

  3. greglloydrules says: May 20, 2013 10:22 AM

    Here’s another “r” word he shouldn’t get used to saying…Repeat.

  4. thompgk says: May 20, 2013 10:25 AM

    You have got to be freaking kidding me? I’ve worked with special needs kids and appreciate being sensitive about hurtful words but that is just absolutely crap.

  5. bryanwenzel says: May 20, 2013 10:26 AM

    You wanna know what is retarded?

    Getting all assed up over someone using the word ‘retarded’.

  6. CKL says: May 20, 2013 10:28 AM

    I’m not a fan of namecalling. That said, why “outlaw” some words that can be used as epithets simply because they aren’t PC? Will women unite to eliminate the b word, c word etc from the lexicon? Usually, the nasty usage of words are a shortcut that tells you about someone’s character. So let them tell you.

  7. killerstiller says: May 20, 2013 10:30 AM

    I AM SO SICK OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!

  8. noahbird says: May 20, 2013 10:31 AM

    I use, “that’s probably recognized by the state as being on the autism spectrum scale thing.”

  9. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: May 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    They made him sign a pledge? That’s retarded.

  10. ty46 says: May 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    Eliminate words??? What’s that, PC censorship… There are retards out there, who should be called retards. And I’m not talking about mentally challenged, but politicians, media personalities, athletes…

  11. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: May 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    When exactly did society lose its backbone again?

  12. floratiotime says: May 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    Giving him $20 million a year … that’s retarded.

  13. FinFan68 says: May 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    Words are not offensive. The offense comes from your perceived meaning and intent which may or may not be accurate. Retarded means slowed, stupid, obtuse or ineffective. Those words are never chacterized as offensive because they are not associated with mentally ineffective people caused by disease or any genetic malfunction. Your own ideals that are not adhered to is what offends you, not a word.

  14. micknangold says: May 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    I don’t think there’s any comparison to using the word “retarded” to calling the Redskins by their name. And if you believe there is, why do you continue to call them the Redskins? Talk about oblivious…

  15. cardiovascularendurance says: May 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    When exactly was being okay with juvenile name-calling an example of society having a backbone?

  16. delmonte55 says: May 20, 2013 10:42 AM

    The preceding message was brought to you by MSNBC.

  17. skum01 says: May 20, 2013 10:43 AM

    I was sure that their R word would be Rebuild.

  18. shaggytoodle says: May 20, 2013 10:46 AM

    He will now refer to things being Glee.

  19. trashymenace says: May 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    We continue to outlaw words that are perceived to be “hurtful”. … The word in itself is not hurtful. The way people use the word and their attitude behind it is what is hurtful. … So, we will come up with a new word to describe the condition. “Intellectually Disabled”. Pretty soon, people will start using that in a derogatory manner, and then that phrase will need to be outlawed as well.

  20. txjaggurl says: May 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    I have a son who has Autism & I’m not offended by this word. Totally agree with others who have said PC has run amok in our society. It’s not derogatory, it’s a legitimate word. Those who are offended are ignorant to the word.

  21. jack3dsd says: May 20, 2013 10:53 AM

    hahahahahahhahahahhaha of course joe flacco would be offended by the “r word” eli manning will sign next

  22. ham1 says: May 20, 2013 10:59 AM

    What a passive aggressive comment, the R word.
    “And no its not the Redskins”
    Pathetic way to push your own agenda like it should be everybody’s. I am glad its not. You and your cheap shots. Just pathetic. The Redskins had nothing to do with this article you worm.

  23. st1llerz1 says: May 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    And tune in to Seseame Street tomorrow kids! When Burt will teach you some other words that he uses all too often…

    Such as..

    =throw it up and hope
    =dump it off to a back on 4th and 27
    -look at me! I’m elite!

    And these are the words he’ll be using at the end of this season!

    -7 and 9 looks mighty fine!

    As the Nest Burns!

    GO STEELERS!

  24. tinbender2000 says: May 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    So do we replace the “R” word with “logicalvoicesays”?

  25. polamalurulz43 says: May 20, 2013 11:03 AM

    What has not been underscored is that the other R word is not potentially offensive but actually offensive to a good portion of folks in my state of South Dakota. I think the interpretive filter of offensiveness is largely dependent on audience and that is clear from other posts.

  26. evilglazers666 says: May 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    Never underestimate the power of the handicapped!

  27. Magyver says: May 20, 2013 11:16 AM

    The most amazing thing about this is that the “PC Police” are demanding that accepted words in the English dictionary cannot be used in public.

    Does that make them “Termophobic”?

  28. spitsfire says: May 20, 2013 11:16 AM

    Hey St1llers1.

    Your team did not make the playoffs last season. You lost to Tim Friggin’ Tebow the year before that in a one and done. Perhaps you should worry about that, and not Joe who just get back from back to back AFCCG’s and a Superbowl win.

    Ben is a has been. Good luck with that.

  29. luckyarmpit says: May 20, 2013 11:18 AM

    We really do live in the United States of the Offended. I come from a generation that can use the “r” word (my quotes so my post doesn’t get moderated) and it didn’t mean anything offensive. And this comes from someone that grew up with a best friend that was mentally challenged… and defended him from all of the bullies in our grade school.

    Absolutely ridiculous. Next thing you know, we won’t be allowed to call people by their gender as I’m sure someone will be offended being called “male” or “female”.

  30. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 20, 2013 11:22 AM

    He has also been supporting the special olympics through the annual polar bear plunge.

  31. westpalmneil says: May 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    Look up retard and let me know what’s offensive about it when used correctly. It seems now, with all the political correctness, we are not even allowed to use it correctly. Yet words like idiot, moron and imbecile are used all the time by countless people on countless networks. Look them up. All are degrees of mental retardation.

  32. stonefish67 says: May 20, 2013 11:28 AM

    Politically Correct crap taken to the extreme.
    You liberal losers getting upset over one word.
    Grow up, fools

  33. hatesycophants says: May 20, 2013 11:29 AM

    Good.

    You’re not offended because the word is not directed at you. Empathy.

    If you have a child who has Autism or Asberger’s Syndrome and you would take no offense to someone referring to him as a retard or retarded, you should be ashamed of yourself.

  34. shaggytoodle says: May 20, 2013 11:32 AM

    Some people are intelligent enough to use better words, some people aren’t.

  35. antalicus says: May 20, 2013 11:33 AM

    good to see he’s taking measure to protect himself against future self-incrimination…

    Report – “Joe how do you describe the way you played today?”

    Flacco -”You know I don’t have a word for it…”

  36. mobuccsfan says: May 20, 2013 11:36 AM

    I see my original comment didn’t make it through—for shame.

  37. sdakota says: May 20, 2013 11:36 AM

    wow, if more people on this board knew of some one with this issue, they would not be making such a big butt of themselves right now..what a cold hearted society we live in

  38. meetadam says: May 20, 2013 11:42 AM

    At press time Flacco went on to say: “This is so gay.”

  39. blumpkinpumpkin says: May 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    I have now had 3(!) comments removed without using offensive language or deragatory connontations, just asking Florion to drop the Redskins argument already, if you want a prime example of PC censorship ladies and gents, there it is.

  40. frankiesweep says: May 20, 2013 12:08 PM

    Does that mean the rest of us need to use it extra to make up for his lack of using?

  41. isithockeyseasonyet says: May 20, 2013 12:10 PM

    This is so so so stupid, next thing we know, the word ‘stupid’ is going to be banned because it offends people who aren’t smart

  42. shinedown37 says: May 20, 2013 12:13 PM

    Flacco is Retarded if he used the word!. SMH.

  43. edpled says: May 20, 2013 12:24 PM

    One side of the PC aisle wants you to stop using the terms “retard” and “retarded” when referring to someone who is acting like a jerk because it is hurtful to someone with an intellectual or developmental disability.

    The other side of the PC aisle wants you to stop using the terms “retard” and “retarded” when referring to someone with an intellectual or developmental disability because it is hurtful to someone with an intellectual or developmental disability.

    Go figure. Only in the United States of Political Correctness.

  44. southpaw2k says: May 20, 2013 12:56 PM

    floratiotime says:
    May 20, 2013 10:34 AM
    Giving him $20 million a year … that’s retarded.

    ————————————————

    And just what exactly would you consider to be fair-market value for Joe Flacco? I mean, since you’re such a professional at evaluating quarterback play in the NFL.

  45. thestrategyexpert says: May 20, 2013 1:03 PM

    This sounds like a good rule, one of the most unnecessarily overused words in the English language, if not #1.

  46. noquickreactionshere says: May 20, 2013 1:13 PM

    westpalmneil says: May 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    Look up retard and let me know what’s offensive about it when used correctly. It seems now, with all the political correctness, we are not even allowed to use it correctly. Yet words like idiot, moron and imbecile are used all the time by countless people on countless networks. Look them up. All are degrees of mental retardation.

    _____________

    Wrong good sir… if you look up Retard oxford actually acknowledges that using it as a noun IS offensive. The proper use of the word is to slow down, or prevent progress or development so if that is how Flacco meant it…. it is not offensive but I don’t think he was trying to say the Superbowl in NY would slow down the NFL. Flacco was not saying that holding the Superbowl in NY was going to hold back or slow down the development of the NFL.. he was comparing the Superbowl in NY to a mentally handicapped person and using the term in a negative way (It’s bad to be handicapped). Using the word in this way is saying that It’s a very bad thing to be retarded, retarded is very bad and so is whatever I am speaking of… that is why it is offensive to the mentally handicapped. The same as saying that is “gay”… you are saying that gay is a negative and using that to draw comparison. Two separate arguments here: Was it “wrong” … YES… was it a “Big Deal” Probably not but it certainly can be taken as a derogatory term.

    Oxford definition:

    re·tard
    /riˈtärd/
    Verb
    Delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment.
    Noun
    offensive. A mentally handicapped person (often used as a general term of abuse).

  47. kmack831 says: May 20, 2013 1:16 PM

    Hmmm… well the Other “R” Word is not offensive… “Redskins!”

    Maybe Flacco is gonna find a group of “R” Ravens that will not take offense because the use is not malice, and he is using it to mean something else….

    As 99.999999999999% of the people that use that term or other terms are not referring to people with handicaps. It still a bit insensitive…

    On the flip side, i had to retard my Carburetor yesterday…. that is the technical term…. Can Fabbo use that term?

  48. steeelfann says: May 20, 2013 2:24 PM

    After watching the Whitehouse lie and the Attorney General lie constantly, I think Flacco can say anything he wants and just call it a “stylistic” change.

  49. anicra says: May 20, 2013 3:15 PM

    kmack831
    Dont forgot
    Retarded timing – ignition timing.
    Advance or Retard the timing on your car’s ignition.

  50. Joemontanaflacco says: May 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    I’m sure Ben Roethlisbooger is relieved that the debate has finally shifted to another “r” word.

  51. brianjoates says: May 20, 2013 3:27 PM

    And the Steelers organization has pledged to never use the “L” word for a very very long time.

    No more Lombardis for Pittsburgh.

  52. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 20, 2013 5:07 PM

    Just a suggestion, but I think it would be a good idea for Flacco and these guys to volunteer at a local Special Olympics event. Not as punishment but as enlightment.

    They will be impressed with those special competitors.

  53. baileytheskydiver says: May 20, 2013 6:43 PM

    HAHAHa Joe Flacco is a “R” word along with all his teammates .

  54. thegloriousone says: May 20, 2013 8:58 PM

    I think its great. I personally abhor the casual usage of the words retard and retarded.

    I have new respect for Flacco.

  55. ninerssince84 says: May 20, 2013 10:04 PM

    The only R word he’s trying to avoid is “Refund”…He knows the Ravens are going to want that money back…

  56. itsfootballbaby says: May 21, 2013 9:36 AM

    Just think how much we could accomplish as a country if we didn’t spend so much time getting offended.

  57. wopsravens says: May 23, 2013 2:22 PM

    dallascowboysdishingthereal says:
    May 20, 2013 5:07 PM
    Just a suggestion, but I think it would be a good idea for Flacco and these guys to volunteer at a local Special Olympics event. Not as punishment but as enlightment.

    They will be impressed with those special competitors.

    Flacco helps out the Special Olympics! He is involved with the Polar Bear plunge. It is a fund-raising event for the Special Olympics.

  58. akieautumn says: May 28, 2013 6:59 PM

    The r word is hurtful I’ve been called it and it hurts. My sister has DS and she’s the person I trust and she can be a great friend when you get to know her but some people choose to be mean and I don’t know why.

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