Manley was on WTOP to talk about the Redskins loss to the Denver Broncos the day before, but he quickly shifted topics after the hosts joked that it was Aikman’s fault Washington had been defeated. Aikman was calling the game as an analyst for Fox.
“I think Troy is a queer,” Manely said.
After being given a chance to apologize, Manely partially declined. “No, I’ll just say I’ll take that back,” he said.
Jim Farley, WTOP’s Vice President of News and Programming, tweeted out that Manley would not be back on the station and also apologized for his comments.
After his use of the slur was reported, Manley apologized in an email to the Washington Post:
“In an interview with WTOP radio Monday, while intending to be funny, I used a slur to refer to Troy Aikman. It was wrong and insensitive. Anyone that knows me knows that’s not who I am in my heart or mind. I want to apologize to Troy, but I mostly want to apologize to anyone else I offended. Like a lot of people in these times, I have to realize that what I thought was funny years ago doesn’t work now. I’ll do my best to make sure it doesn’t happen again and hope you will accept my apology.”
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