Cleveland Browns Linebacker Apologizes for Tweeting ’Faggot’
An NFL linebacker for Ohio’s Cleveland Browns has issued an apology after he offended the LGBT community for tweeting the word "faggot," CBS Sports reports. Tank Carder’s tweet also upset his coach, Pat Shurmur, who said he has addressed the situation.
"It’s very inappropriate. Obviously, he does not speak for me or the Cleveland Browns. It was very wrong and not something we condone," Shurmur said. The coach has been critical of his players for using social media like Twitter and Facebook, but has not banned them outright from using them. Although Carder hasn’t said whether he’s been slapped with a fine for the offensive tweet, he did apologize on Wednesday for the anti-gay remark.
"It wasn’t intended to hurt anyone, but it did," Carder said. He added that he would never use the word again and then tweeted an apology (on his Twitter account, of course), in which he wrote, "I was not bashing the gay community in any way...if you knew me you would know I wouldn’t do that. Again I’m sorry if you were offended. I want to sincerely apologize for the word I used! I did not in any way mean to offend anyone! That tweet doesn’t define me as a person!"
Outsports first broke the story and reported that Carder, who was selected in the 2012 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills and signed with the Browns in September, got into an online argument that sparked the use of the homophobic epithet. Although the original tweet has been deleted, a number of Twitter users replied to the athlete and expressed their disapproval.
Carder initially defended himself.
"@craigcraiglife I don’t agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn’t make me a homophobe, it’s just a word," Carder tweeted to a follower. "@DJive19 faggot is actually a bundle of twigs...there’s your research," he tweeted to another user.