Packers’ Devin Funchess apologizes after using anti-Asian slur

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Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess has issued an apology after using a slur while talking to reporters on Saturday.

Funchess told reporters that he can tell even when they’re wearing masks that they’re smiling at what he’s saying because of how their eyes look, using a slur for Chinese people in the process. He later posted an apology on Twitter.

“I want to apologize for the disparaging remark I used tonight. It was not OK,” he wrote. “I have grown to develop deep personal and business relationships in the Asian community! I meant no harm, and those that know me know I have love and respect for all cultures and people. I will learn from this and continue to grow as a person. I’m forever sorry!”

The 27-year-old Funchess signed a one-year contract with the Packers last year but opted out over concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, so this is his first year in Green Bay. He has previously played for the Panthers and Colts.

18 responses to “Packers’ Devin Funchess apologizes after using anti-Asian slur

  1. You could tell by the way he used it that it wasn’t said with ill intent. Regardless, it still could be offensive to some so he admitted wrong and his apology was immediate and sincere. Good for Devin.

  2. Cancel him no second chance no more if it was about him they would be out of the league

  3. Maybe Rodgers was wrong about why players come to Green Bay.

    He fits right in that town.

  4. Just think about it. Dave Gettleman drafted this guy with one of his high picks. Like on what planet was he a premium receiver?

  5. Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Randall Cobb, and Amari Rodgers are essentially roster locks at WR. Funchess is battling Reggie Begelton, Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Taylor, and any other training camp body for the #6 slot. This faux pas may not matter given his chances of even making the team.

  6. For someone who’s oppressed to not be sensitive about making racist remarks, it’s hard to believe it wasn’t intentional. His apology rings hollows.

  7. complicatedfella says:
    August 8, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Not a good culture being taught in Green Bay…


    So who is the teacher if that is being “taught?”

  8. complicatedfella says:
    August 8, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Not a good culture being taught in Green Bay…
    As opposed to the domestic abuse and torture (see: Jeff Gladney and Adrian Peterson) that’s apparently taught in Minnesota.

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