'I meant no harm': Packers' Devin Funchess apologizes for using racial slur
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Green Bay Packers' Devin Funchess apologized after using a racial slur on Saturday, Aug. 7.
When speaking to a room of reports in masks, Funchess said he likes to see people's smiles, but can see it in their eyes and used a racial slur towards Asians while pointing towards his own eyes.
Funchess said, "I can tell you were smiling when I see your face. I can see your face. Everybody goes (slur) and that's when I know."
He tweeted an apology following the incident stating, "I want to apologize for the disparaging remark I used tonight. It was not (okay). I have grown to develop (a) 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 will continue to grow as a person. I'm forever sorry."
He also tweeted a hashtag #FTN which means forgive the negativity.
When speaking to a room of reporters in masks, Devin Funchess said he likes to see people’s smiles but can see it in their eyes and used a racial slur towards Asians while pointing towards his own eyes.— Darius Joshua (@DariusJoshuaTV) August 8, 2021
He tweeted this apology a short time ago https://t.co/EtgAJnffJH
General Manager Brian Gutekunst opened his news conference Sunday by condemning Funchess' racial slurs.
"We've addressed it with Devin, he knows it's unacceptable. I do think he's sincerely remorseful and he will hopefully learn from this," Gutekunst said. "Hopefully our team can learn from this. and we'll move forward. But, that is something we don't condone and certainly what we don't believe here with the Green Bay Packers."
When asked if Funchess will be released, Gutekunst said "not at the moment" and that he made a mistake and that it cannot happen again.