Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis has apologized after being criticized for a tweet using an anti-Asian slur – before claiming not to know the term was racist.
The 24-year-old tweeted Sunday night, ‘Gotta stop letting g *** s in Miami’ in a message that was later deleted.
After outlets spread stories about the tweet, he blamed journalists for ‘blowing up’ the story – saying the word was used locally to mean ‘crippled’ and he was unaware of the ‘darker, negative connotation ‘.
The 24-year-old tweeted Sunday night: ‘Gotta stop letting g *** s in Miami’ in a message that was later deleted
Davis (pictured) is a member of his team’s social justice council and has spoken out against racism
His explanation was, “I would never offend a group of people. Your reporters can look for another story to blow up. The term was aimed at a producer who claimed he was “running Miami.” With that being said, I’ll take that word out of my vocabulary and point out the tough times our Asian family is going through.
“I used a term that always meant ‘crippled’ from where I come, but I didn’t realize it has a much darker, negative connotation. I learned a valuable lesson and would like to apologize to anyone who was offended by seeing that word as we need to focus on helping each other in these troubled times. ‘
Davis posted an excerpt from an online dictionary to support his claim that the word ‘g ** k’ – a racist term for people of Southeast Asian descent first used by U.S. Marines during the Philippine-American War – is used in South Florida to mean ‘crippled’.
It is not clear who is the ‘producer’ he claims to be responding to and whether they are of Asian descent. Dailymail.com has contacted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for comment.
After outlets spread stories about the tweet, he later blamed journalists for ‘blowing up’ the story – saying the word meant ‘crippled’ and was oblivious to the ‘dark, negative connotation’.
The cornerback has spoken out against racism in the past and is part of the team’s social justice council.
It comes amid an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the US in recent months, including a series of violent attacks.
Surveillance footage released Sunday showed a man with a pole running wild at an Asian-owned grocery store in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The images, taken at Plaza Miscellaneous, show a man pulling a rack of merchandise on the floor and shattering refrigerator glass with a street sign.
It comes in the wake of a surge in anti-Asian violence, with a 65-year-old woman kicked in New York City and eight people shot in massage parlors in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women.
It comes amid an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the US in recent weeks, including a series of violent attacks, including this attack on an Asian store in Charlotte, North Carolina.
National-level hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific islanders rose by 150% during the pandemic, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Last week, a 65-year-old woman was brutally attacked while walking to church near Times Square in New York City. The attack heightened the already felt outrage over anti-Asian attacks that escalated with the pandemic.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a company responsible for security at the transit center has arrested Xavier Rashee Woody-Silas, 24 (shown in a booking photo)
Meanwhile, a teenager was arrested on Friday for a random attack on an Asian couple in November, after footage of the attack surfaced online and was seen on the news by the victims’ daughter.
The attack took place in the late afternoon of November 19, 2020 in Tacoma, Washington – a suburb of Seattle.
The attack began when the suspect intentionally bumped into the male victim as the couple walked home, court documents allege.
The suspect, who has not been named by the police, then allegedly started beating the male victim and eventually breaking one of his ribs.
The incident was reported to police at the time, but footage of the attack has only recently surfaced online, KING 5 reports.
The victims’ daughter called the police after seeing the footage on the news.
On Saturday, an Asian woman was stabbed to death walking her dogs in California, but police said the attack was “completely random” and not racially motivated.
A teenager was arrested Friday for an attack that took place on November 19, 2020 in the late afternoon of Tacoma, Washington – a suburb of Seattle.