Flacco signs pledge to not use “R” word

AP

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.

58 responses to “Flacco signs pledge to not use “R” word

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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”?

  13. 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.

  14. 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”.

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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…”

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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).

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

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

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

  29. 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.

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

    I have new respect for Flacco.

  31. 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.

  32. 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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