The rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins is one of the greatest in sports, but former Redskins All-Pro defensive end Dexter Manley crossed the line during a radio appearance on Monday when he used a gay slur to describe Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, according to Chris Chase of USA Today.
The incident occurred during Manley's weekly appearance on WTOP radio in Washington. Manley was jokingly asked about the impact that Aikman had on the Redskins' loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday as a Fox analyst, which prompted Manley to use the slur.
Manley initially refused to apologize when given the chance to by hosts Mike Moss and Bruce Alan, but he eventually said, "I’m sorry about that, I take that back,” according to Chase.
Manley came forward with a more substantial apology later as he sent an e-mail statement to Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post.
In an interview with WTOP radio Monday, while intending to be funny, I used a slur to refer to Troy Aikman. It was wrong and insensitive. Anyone that knows me knows that’s not who I am in my heart or mind. I want to apologize to Troy, but I mostly want to apologize to anyone else I offended. Like a lot of people in these times, I have to realize that what I thought was funny years ago doesn’t work now. I’ll do my best to make sure it doesn’t happen again and hope you will accept my apology.
Despite Manley's remorse, WTOP vice president of news and programming Jim Farley tweeted that Manley won't be invited back on the station.
It's not particularly surprising that Manley harbors ill will toward Aikman, but he certainly went about expressing it in the worst possible way.
Manley won two Super Bowls with the Redskins during his time with the team from 1981 through 1989, and he ended his career following the 1991 season with 97.5 career sacks.
Aikman led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories, and while he and Manley did go head to head during Aikman's rookie season in 1989, the two of them didn't clash much as part of the Cowboys vs. Redskins rivalry.
Even so, Manley didn't hide his feelings about the legendary quarterback, and now he is paying for it.
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