Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis apologized for a tweet he sent Sunday night that contained an anti-Asian slur.
Davis said he confused the term for one he was intending to mean “lame” while trying to blame the media for the traction the tweet received.
“I would never offend any group of people,” Davis, 24, 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.”
According to ESPN, Davis wrote “Gotta stop letting (expletive) in Miami” in the tweet that has since been deleted.
Anti-Asian attacks have increased recently as the COVID-19 pandemic continues into its second year.
In response to the tweeet, the Asian American Journalists Association Sports Task Force said in a statement that it “is 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.”
Davis posted 68 tackles and four interceptions for the Buccaneers this season as he helped them win Super Bowl 55.