On Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis, who is also a member of the team’s social justice council, tweeted an anti-Asian insult in response to the “#StopAsianHate” campaign.
Davis wrote in the now-deleted tweet, “Gotta stop letting gooks in Miami.”
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The black 24-year-old athlete apologised, but said he interpreted the insult to refer to someone who is “lame.”
Davis tweeted, “I will never insult any group of people.” “You reporters should go find another story to make a big deal out of.” The defensive back said he was joking when he said he “run Miami” to an unidentified producer.
I would never offend any group of people .You reporters can look for another story to blow up . The term was directed towards a producer claiming he “ran Miami “With that being said I’ll retire that word from my vocabulary giving the hard times our Asian family are enduring ❤️. pic.twitter.com/bJEOjmZuRr
— C-Murda ™ (@Carlton_Lowkey) April 5, 2021
Given “the difficult times our Asian family is going through,” Davis said he would “retire the name” from his vocabulary.
Hate crimes targeting Asian Americans have increased nearly 150 percent in major cities across the United States in 2020, according to a report released last month by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Activists have blamed the assaults on Donald Trump’s rhetoric and backers, but high-profile hate crimes against Asians have been committed overwhelmingly by black perpetrators in recent months.
The sports task force of the Asian American Journalists Association said in a press release on Monday that it is “disappointed by [Davis’] sentiment” and that the slur is “hateful.”
Davis has been a vocal advocate for social justice. Davis said in an essay posted on the Buccaneers’ Instagram page last year that he was pulled over by cops and mistreated because he was black.