US football player Tank Carder sorry for ‘faggot’ tweet

Cleveland Browns linebacker Ricky 'Tank' Carder apologizes for homophobic slur on Twitter

US football player Tank Carder sorry for ‘faggot’ tweet
27 November 2012

American football player Ricky ‘Tank’ Carder has apologized for calling someone a ‘faggot’ on Twitter.

Despite deleting the offensive tweet on Wednesday (21 November), the Cleveland Browns linebacker initially stood by his post.

‘Haters gon hate cause that’s what they do, haters don’t give respect where it should be given so I’m done arguing with you fools,’ he wrote on Saturday (24 November).

But now Carder has done a U-turn, admitting he was wrong to use the homophobic slur.

In his apology yesterday (25 November), he tweeted: ‘I want to sincerely apologize for the word I used! I did not in anyway mean to offend anyone! That tweet doesn’t define me as a person!’

He also explained that the reason for his outburst was because he thought someone was bashing team sports.

But gay blog Outsports.com says an apology is not enough and has called for Carder’s suspension from the game.

‘Major League Soccer puts the penalty at a three-game suspension for this kind of language. The NBA puts the cost at $50k,’ the website wrote.

‘Nothing short of a one-game suspension and that game check being donated to an LGBT sports organization will suffice as a punishment for this. It cannot be tolerated.’

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