Bucs’ Carlton Davis tweets anti-Asian slur

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Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis used an anti-Asian slur on Twitter Sunday night, then offered an apology while also suggesting there was nothing offensive of the use of the term.

On Sunday evening, Davis tweeted, “Gotta stop letting g–ks in Miami,” using an offensive term that refers to Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino people in a derogatory way.

Davis later deleted the tweet and posted an apology insisting that he didn’t know what the word means.

“I would never offend any group of people,” Davis wrote. “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. 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.”

The Asian American Journalists Association Sports Task Force released a statement calling the group “disappointed by his sentiment, especially at a time when Asians in the United States are experiencing a sharp increase in anti-Asian hate which has resulted in harassment and attacks.”

17 responses to “Bucs’ Carlton Davis tweets anti-Asian slur

  1. Didn’t know what the word meant. That’s a good one. It sure beats the old “my account got hacked”. But “the dog ate my homework” is still number 1.

  2. It seems like he genuinely didn’t know what it meant, that’s what I hope happened.

  3. His comment wouldn’t even make sense if he thought it meant lame. What’s lame is his excuse for being an absolute racist.

  4. Why can’t people just apologize without making an excuse? “I thought it meant ‘lame.'” Really? Come on, man. That would have been a good apology otherwise.

  5. OK, public apology issued. Great start Charlton.

    But if you are truly sorry, donate one game check (just one) to an Asian-American charity in Tampa. Then I will truly accept your apology.

    The problem with celebrities (sports or otherwise)is that they apologize with their words and not their actions.

  6. What a “lame” excuse for a supposed college graduate. He’s not sorry for his comment evidenced by his ” No story here” comment. His actions scream how dare you try to make a story of my racist comments. He’s only sorry because he got called out. In today’s “cancel culture” and pretty much anything you say now can be spun by someone as racist..this really is a disgusting racist comment.

  7. Yikes. That’s really ugly. Excellent timing too. “Lame”? Sure thing bud.

  8. He didn’t give a viable excuse and used a term that has been derogatory since World War II. In 2021, that raciest word is really not excusable. He apologized. He understands it was wrong, hurtful and won’t do it again. It’s actually very effective to apologize with hat in hand, fall on your sword, and take the consequences. Making lame excuses that are so bad that no one believes you actually is both compounding and leads most to believe he actually meant the slur.

  9. Amazes me that pro athletes make social media communication/posting mistakes or derogatory comments over and over and over — what really compounds this is all the hate crimes against Asians in America over the last 3 months– and this guy says this? either incredibly stupid or just a complete egotistical racist jerk

  10. Anyone who believes his “lame ” excuse is sorely mistaken. That ugly slang word only has one meaning, and it’s not what Davis claims. He’s a racist.

  11. Don’t know what is more ridiculous between having these inane opinions or wanting to share them on social media.

  12. I’m Asian and I’ve never heard that word coming from anyone younger than a boomer. I’m inclined to believe him when he says he didn’t know what it meant, though there’s a bit of willful ignorance if you’re scrolling past the first definition on urban dictionary.

    Also, it’s specifically an anti-Korean term dating back to the war. Anything else is simple misuse because the racist speaker can’t tell people apart.

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