Posted October 28, 2013

Audio: Former Redskins player Dexter Manley calls Troy Aikman a gay slur

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Former Redskins defensive lineman Dexter Manley used a gay slur in referring to Troy Aikman. (Getty Images)

Former Redskins defensive lineman Dexter Manley used a gay slur in referring to Troy Aikman. (Getty Images)

Former Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley called Fox NFL analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman a gay slur Monday during his weekly Washington-area radio appearance.

Manley was providing  “analysis” of the Redskins’ loss to the Broncos on Sunday, a game Aikman called for Fox, during his segment on WTOP radio.

When asked by a host if Aikman’s presence was bad luck for the Redskins, Manley said that he thought Aikman was a “queer.” The WTOP hosts immediately insisted that Manley apologize on the air, which he did reluctantly after initially declining.

Here’s a link to the audio from AwfulAnnouncing.com with Manley’s comment occurring at the 3:20 mark: (Warning: It contains vulgar language)

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WTOP’s Vice President of News and Programming Jim Farley, replying to a listener via Twitter, said the station was shocked and stunned and that Manley won’t be making any more appearances after his over-the-top comments:

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140 comments
boyoboyo
boyoboyo

Here, as if on demand, is a fine example of what happens when LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) people go out of their way to self-identify as "queer."


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Prosecutors filed hate-crime charges against a 16-year-old boy Thursday, saying he set aflame the skirt of a teenage gender-identity activist while the victim was asleep on a bus in Oakland, then admitted to police that he had started the fire because he was "homophobic."

Richard Thomas of Oakland was charged as an adult with aggravated mayhem, assault and hate-crime enhancements in connection with Monday's attack on Luke Fleischman, 18, whose legs were severely burned.

After Thomas made a brief afternoon appearance in an Oakland courtroom, where he did not enter a plea, his mother apologized and expressed sympathy for Fleischman. She said her son regretted his actions and wanted to write an apology letter to Fleischman.

"My son is not a hateful person," said Thomas' mother, who would identify herself only as Ms. Jackson. "He's not homophobic. He's a kid. Kids joke around. I think he will learn his lesson. He's very remorseful. I'm sorry for it."

Fleischman, an Oakland resident who attends Maybeck High School in Berkeley, goes by the name Sasha. The teenager was born male but has declined in the past to identify as male or female, instead preferring the term "genderqueer."

Fleischman has sought legal recognition for "non-binary" gender, and launched an online petition hoping to draw President Obama's attention to the issue.

The high schooler was being treated Thursday at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, which specializes in treating burns. A relative said a series of surgeries on second- and third-degree burns began Wednesday.

"Richard Thomas' violent and senseless criminal conduct resulted in severe and traumatic injuries to a young and entirely innocent victim," Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said after her office filed the charges. "The intentional and callous nature of the crime is shocking and will not be tolerated in our community."

Thomas used a lighter to set the sleeping victim's skirt on fire, authorities said. At the time, the AC Transit bus was on MacArthur Boulevard near Ardley Avenue, just blocks from Fleischman's home in Oakland's Glenview neighborhood.

Thomas, a junior at nearby Oakland High School, was identified with the help of witnesses and video surveillance, police said. After he was picked up, he told police "he did it because he was homophobic," Oakland police Officer Anwawn Jones wrote in a court affidavit.

Thomas was being held Thursday without bail at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro.

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

Well, he would have had to have said it, because he certainly can't write it

HarlanThacker
HarlanThacker

I wonder where he learned that word.  He certainly didn't read it.


bambam824
bambam824

Why are they interviewing him if he just had brain surgery?

MDHokiefan
MDHokiefan

Ahhhhh - Dexter Manley. Showing the same class as the rest of the Redskins organization. Business as usual I see.

JesseSharpton
JesseSharpton

If I were a kweer I would not want anybody to know, as that is about as bad as it gets for a man to be one

JesseSharpton
JesseSharpton

I can see why it upset so many people. Calling someone that is about as insulting as you can get.

Hitman
Hitman

Just another ignorant ni66er.

leon1376
leon1376

Who knew? That Aikman was a "gay slur"? Not that there's anything wrong with that. Some of my best friends are gayslurs. It would be my guess that half the players in the NFL are gayslurs. Which is cool with me, by the way. Each to their own, that's what I always say. 

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

Ah, those classy Redskins. Your name is a racist epithet that you claim honors Native Americans but which you would NEVER call a Native American to his face. You were the last team to integrate in professional sports, and your founder was openly a member of the KKK. You employ the likes of Brandon Merriweather and defend his repeated deliberate attempts to injure. And now here's Dexter, to further polish your public image.

Be proud, you're the Washington Racist Epithets! Hail to the Racist Epithets! The team that's still stuck in 1946.

Mustang1
Mustang1

Oh my God someone called someone else a name on the radio! Dexter never liked any Dallas Cowboy and has never pretended to, big freaking deal. 

hughaks
hughaks

"The WTOP hosts immediately insisted that Manley apologize on the air, which he did reluctantly after initially declining."


WTOP is (in theory) a news station.  What was the host doing demanding he apologize?  Questioning and challenging Manley on his statement is certainly in line w/good journalism, but demanding an apology crosses over from reporting the news to activism.

Shame on Manley for his juvenile comment, but shame on the WTOP host as well for their lack of independence in reporting.

micor10
micor10

Manley can't spell queer.

Jim21
Jim21

Just because Manley's illiterate doesn't mean he's stupid. That was a stupid thing to say.

MandikaTheWarrior
MandikaTheWarrior

Anybody trying to say this was Manley simply applying queer wrongly, is wrong. Manley was repeating a rumor about Aikman that was spreading in the early '90s. Manley cleared called Aikman a slur.

MandikaTheWarrior
MandikaTheWarrior

This is what is wrong with people. It is horrible to be gay but him being a drug user and going to prison is OK. Not taking care of your kids is OK. Being gay is not. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Just another idiot embarrassing himself. Move along. Nothing to see here.

frank.irizarry
frank.irizarry

Dexter Manley couldn't spell "gay" if you spotted him the "g" and the "y".  Why anyone puts this clown on the radio in the first place is beyond me.

DavidDonze
DavidDonze

He was equally classless as a player. He used to spit on offensive linemen to try and draw a reaction and penalty. He should be banned.

dudedadesq
dudedadesq

Dexter says it like it is....and believe me, talk to people in football, and you will find that others think what Dexter said...

southernoregongolfer
southernoregongolfer

I'd be surprised if this guy can spell, "queer."  He graduated from Oklahoma and was completely illiterate.  

hr334466
hr334466

what is the big deal people...queer = strange.  is it strange for people to have same sex relations?

KeithKoloff
KeithKoloff

Great comments by Manley. Die Cowboys !!

ReedWright
ReedWright

And if he is gay?  Troy Aikman is a three time Super Bowl Champ, a Super Bowl MVP and a NFL Hall of Famer.  So swallow that.

ReedWright
ReedWright

Pretty boys, especially athletes and actors, have always been labeled gay by ignorant and/or jealous people.  Nothing new here.

ReedWright
ReedWright

Props to the WTOP radio hosts Mike Moss and Bruce Alan for not letting Dexter Manley's ignorant comment go unaddressed.  They could have just let it slide or laughed it off.  I think Dexter thought he was still in the 80s.  It looks like that brain surgery didn't work, Dexter.  Grow up.

samlang
samlang

@Hitman 


What the heck is a nisixsixer? Like half-Knick, half-76er?

rskins09
rskins09

@ezwriter69   George preston Marshall was a racist --have no problem with that ...But a member of  the  KKK  - no way ...  BTW, George Marshall when asked why no black player on the team ... His canned answer was when " The Harlem Globetrotters get a white player,"  I'll get a black player on my football team .....Where the Harlem Globetrotters  racists ? ?  Never heard any uproar about the Globetrotters, even when they  were on TV a lot in the 1960's ...Why no outcry about them  ? ? ...Are they racists ? 

rskins09
rskins09

@Mustang1   Some Dallas reporter, after Dallas SB victory wrote a book about  Aikman  insinuating the same thing ..That doesn't condone what Dexter Manley said  but he's not the only way  that's said the same thing ...Dexter is the Resident Diplomat of the NFL ...He apologized ...

cowlark
cowlark

@hughaks How is referring to someone by a derogatory slur "news"? He insulted someone (and an entire group of people). The apology was absolutely justified. 

"News"? 

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

@dudedadesq Yes, we're supposed to believe that dudedadesq knows people in the NFL.  Hahaha.  Thanks for the laugh.  I don't care if Aikman is straight, gay or whatever - he was an amazing QB - and his life is infinitely better than yours (people who have to put others down to make themselves feel okay about their pathetic existence, like you and Dexter who was BANNED FOR LIFE from the NFL because he is a coke head btw) need to get over it already.

And from what I've read, those who cast aspersions on the sexuality of others are often trying to deal with their own closeted feelings.  So yeah, you might want to open that closet door and jump right out.  There's nothing wrong with that...


dudedadesq
dudedadesq

...not that there's anything wrong with it!  As much as I hated Aikman (as a Skins fan), the guy was an amazing QB and didn't embarrass the team or the sport off the field...don't love him as an analyst, but gotta give him props for his play...

sneakypete79
sneakypete79

@cowlark @hughaks The man is entitled to his opinion whether you agree with it or not and whether the other hosts agree with it or night.  To force him to apologize for his beliefs and opinions is a joke. While Freedom of speech is not absolute, in this case, it applies and just because it offends people doesn't mean he doesn't have the right to say it or think it. The apology was not justified. They can feel free to fire him as they did and make sure listeners know they don't agree or approve of his comment but to force an apology is just BS.

rskins09
rskins09

@Shooter McGavin 19711 @dudedadesq ... dudedadesq ... Chill out dude ..see so much hate in your response I'm thinking your having a heart attack in front of your computer screen .. I've seen Aikman play @t RFK  probably  six, seven times & he's a great QB  ..So don't let  Dexter's comment  ruin your Halloween , OK ..... 

mesteve8
mesteve8

@Shooter McGavin 19711 You need to chill out, bud. I mean, rumors are rumors, and this particular rumor has been floating around the NFL for decades. dudedadesq doesn't seem to be making disparaging remarks (unless, of course, YOU think that Aikman being gay is, itself, disparaging.)  He didn't put Aikman down and "cast aspersions" lol.. seems to me he did the opposite.  And you telling him to come out of the closet is especially funny, considering your rant. You seem to know a lot about Troy Aikman's life, and dudedadesq's, too , for that matter to be able to compare them. And you are attacking someone who basically just said "I've heard that before" (we all have, btw)

I don't defend Manley because there is no reason for Aikman's sexual preference to even be discussed, and he did it unprovoked and with audible distaste. It was over the line and stupid and shows how he thinks personally. Some people are going to think that way. I'm a live-and-let-live kind of guy and understand that people come from all walks of life. Quite often, I don't agree with the perspective they may have on certain things, but to each their own. 

Your "attack" on dudedadesq seems almost like a mini temper-tantrum. If you really "don't care if Aikman is straight, gay or whatever" (please enlighten me on this alternative) then why defend his hetero-honor by inferring that someone else is a closeted homosexual?

The only people who care about Aikman's SP are Cowboys fans, anyway. 

The rest of us don't care. In fact, I'd be happy if he and Joe Buck decided to tie the knot. :)  


ezwriter69
ezwriter69

@sneakypete79 @cowlark @hughaks It's their mic, their program, and their absolute right to demand he either apologize or leave their airwaves, which is exactly what they did.

Put down your torch and back away from the burning cross, your pretty white robe is on fire... although I admit, it must be hard to see through the eye slits on your cute pointy hood...

hughaks
hughaks

@VespertineLJ @sneakypete79 Which is why I stated the host should question and challenge the statement.

Inserting your judgement and demanding an apology for a statement, even an offensive one, steps over the line between advocacy and journalism.  Next time a politician of either party appears on WTOP and makes a flamboyant statement, should the host immediately demand an on-air retraction?

VespertineLJ
VespertineLJ

@sneakypete79

If you publicly express yourself in an offensive or hurtful manner and people respond, they are not infringing on your right to free speech.  They are responding to how you choose to exercise that right. 

Like the rest of the federal constitution, the First Amendment protects us from the government, not from private companies, which may be able to fire or otherwise punish employees for things they say, even outside of work. The laws protecting the free speech of private employees vary from state to state, aside from specifically protected speech like labor organizing.