Buccaneers Cornerback Carlton Davis apologizes after tweeting Asian Asian slur

Buccaneers Cornerback Carlton Davis apologizes after tweeting Asian Asian slur

Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis apologized Sunday night roughly two hours after he tweeted an anti-Asian slur. Davis wrote "Gotta stop letting g***s in Miami," at 6:42 p.m. ET and then deleted the post shortly after but screenshots were captured. 

Davis tweeted an apology at 9:01 p.m. ET and explained he didn't know it was an anti-Asian slur but thought it meant someone who was "lame." The 24-year-old also tweeted what he thought it was a word used in South Florida and said he would remove it from his vocabulary. 

He apologized later, claiming he was speaking about a specific producer in Miami and cited an Urban Dictionary definition of the word that claims it has a different meaning in South Florida specifically. That definition, however, is underneath the top definition that clearly labels the word as derogatory against Asian people.

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 ❤️.

Davis recorded a career-high 68 tackles and four interceptions last season while helping the Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV. The 24-year-old will enter the final year of his rookie deal with the Bucs this fall.

Davis is the latest athlete in recent weeks to apologize for using a slur. Former Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard used an anti-Semitic slur while streaming and playing a video game last month, and was later traded away and then waived.

Davis, who went to high school in Miami, added that he never meant to hurt anyone during a time when violence and racism against Asians is high. 

"I used a term that from where I come from has always meant 'lame,' but I did not realize it had a much darker, negative connotation," he said in the Tweet. "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."

Davis’ use of the word comes at a time where Asian Americans and members of the Pacific Islander community have dealt with a rise in hate, harassment and attacks — which has spiked significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plenty of people in the sports world, including Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, former NBA star Jeremy Lin and Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, have spoken out about the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in recent weeks.

Following Davis' remarks, the Asian American Journalists Association Sports Task Force issued a statement in response, calling the word a "hateful slur" while acknowledging Davis' apology.

"Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Carlton Davis posted a tweet that included a derogatory term historically used to refer to Asians in the early 1900s," the statement read. "The Asian American Journalists Association Sports Task Force 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...We also acknowledge Davis’ apology and look forward to seeing how he will help the affected communities."