October 28, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Former Redskins player uses anti-gay slur during radio interview
Troy Aikman, NFL, WTOP, Dexter Manley

Troy Aikman (Photo by Grant Miller via Wikimedia)

A former Washington Redskins player on Monday used an anti-gay slur to describe a one-time rival during a radio interview.

“I think Troy Aikman is a queer,” former defensive end Dexter Manley said during an interview with WTOP about the Redskins loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday as he described former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.

WTOP hosts Mike Moss and Bruce Alan immediately challenged Manley.

Moss asked the former defensive end whether he would apologize for using the slur to describe Aikman.

“I’ll just say, I take that back,” Manley said. “He’s a Cowboy fan.”

“Well we don’t want certainly anyone to think that anybody endorses anything like that, Dexter, because that is really not an area that we want to go in,” Moss said.

Manley then apologized, but WTOP Vice President of News Programming Jim Farley criticized Manley’s comments almost immediately after he made them on his Twitter page.

“This morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment,” Farley told the Washington Blade in a statement. “He was immediately challenged by WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan. We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened on WTOP.”

Cyd Zeigler, Jr., co-founder of Outsports.com, an LGBT sports website, also criticized Manley’s comments.

“Even if Aikman played for ‘the other team,’ you have to treat people with respect,” he said. “Raising more questions about Aikman’s sexual orientation doesn’t do anybody any good. I’m sure Manley will apologize when a handler gets hold of him, but his refusal to apologize tells us what’s in his heart.”

Farley told the Blade WTOP will no longer invite Manley to appear in the radio station’s programming.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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