Uh-oh. Former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manely called Troy Aikman the "q" word (gay, that is). I didn't actually type it out because some consider it to be a slur and seeing as how I just completed our corporate code of conduct training today (seriously) I don't want to violate it within 24 hours of having passed it!
But seriously, there are several issues here. First, is that word now a slur? Have we as a society agreed on a PC term here? Or I guess at least agreed what terms are off limits?
Are all slurs the same (of course not). The fact that we freely repeat some and cover up others tells us they're not all the same. Yes, you'll hear the audio on the show and at the link below.
Sports rivalries. On one hand I get it. Professional sports rivalries aren't anywhere near as heated or passionate as college rivalries, but the Redskins and Cowboys is about as close as you can get. Sox/Yankees, maybe? Maybe Dexter has info we don't, but he just sounds like a bitter Redskin more than anything.
From a broadcasting perspective, it's a good reminder where a line might be for a host and for a guest. Same line? It's also helpful to remember to always be on your toes. You never know when you're going to have to play CYA on something like this - or at least cover the station's butt. These hosts did a pretty good job.
Also from a broadcasting standpoint, know your guests and get good ones. We've all done our share of awfule interviews. Dexter Manley has great football credentials but sounds about as intelligent as a door knob on the radio. But he's been there and done that - something the hosts haven't .
So, here's the audio. This is a longer, full-context clip.
And here's the update with the "apology."