Currently, we walk in sensitive times regarding the topic of racial groups. Indeed, with the rise of the novel coronavirus, Asian hate has been on the top, and players have been standing up against it.
On the same topic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis has fallen into the abyss due to his tweet containing an anti-Asian slur. However, he had make an apology for the words on Twitter following his since-deleted tweet.
Statistically, the Center for the Study of Hate Extremism reported the hate percentage against Asian Americans had inclined about 150% in major U.S. cities over the past year.
Indeed, the hate toward Asian Americans and members of the Pacific Islander community has increased its toll. Alongside the harassment and attacks has also risen, which consequently makes its headlines.
Carlton Davis’ Tweets
“Gotta stop letting g—- in Miami.”
-deleted tweet by Carlton
Apparently, when this tweet came into the timeline, people blew his notifications off.
Similarly, as per USA Today, the Asian American Journalists Association has posted complete disapproval about Davis’ use of the slur.
Since then, Carlton has deleted his tweet and offered his reasoning about the use of the word. According to Carlton, he used the word as a term for “lame.” Furthermore, he didn’t realize it holds a deeper, darker meaning to it.
Therewith, he had tweeted his reasonings alongside a short and simple image from an undisclosed slang dictionary entry.
Well, the image did expand the term as often used by South Floridians to describe a person who is “lame.” Alongside, he stated that the use of the word was for a specific producer in Miami.
“I would never offend any group of people. 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.”
Well, Davis has led open his thoughts and apologized for his mistake. Of course, he is the latest athlete to have been fallen in a slur.
Before him, former Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard faced a similar situation last month. Apparently, he used an anti-Semitic slur during his live stream while playing video games.
As a result, Leonard was traded away from the team and later waived. Having all the eyes watch them, athletes are always walking in a thine line. Furthermore, it’s unknown when the thin line might break.
At present, Carlton Davis is a member of the Player Board of the Bucs’ Social Justice Initiative. As for his contract, he is on his way to final year of his initial rookie deal with the Bucs.
Also, as a matter of fact, Davis has stood up for good cause several times. Being a black man himself, he shares his experience and has spoken out against racism.
Not to mention, he is working on to build the relatiosnhip between police the Black community. Last season, he worked alongside Bucs’ social justice board to discuss their ways for the strong connection.