Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has apologized for using the word “retarded” to characterize the concept of holding Super Bowls in outdoor, cold weather locations. On Monday night, Flacco, a New Jersey native, when asked by a reporter his thoughts on cold weather Super Bowls, didn’t mince words, saying, “Yeah, I think it’s retarded,” Flacco said. “I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid.”
Well, Flacco’s day of apologetic reckoning came quickly. On Tuesday, Flacco, who has done a lot of work with the Special Olympics in the past, said, “Obviously, it was a bad choice of words. I wish I hadn’t said it,” adding, “I have a great relationship with Special Olympics back in Baltimore and have had one for many years. I didn’t mean to offend anybody, but I definitely apologize for it.”
Yeah, Flacco probably wishes he could have taken a mulligan on that comment. Sometimes, it is simply better to be dull, or as Flacco’s own father put it, “boring.”
Clearly, Flacco had no choice but to offer up an apology for his flub, but we do live in the era of the apologetic athlete, a time when the simple act of making an apology is considered evidence of genuine remorse. However, in Flacco’s case with his unfortunate insensitive remarks and in light of his history working with charitable causes like the Special Olympics, the likelihood that Flacco actually feels bad about it and simply isn’t paying lip service is pretty high.