Green Bay Packers receiver Devin Funchess apologized for using an anti-Asian slur during a news conference.
“I want to apologize for the disparaging remark I used tonight,” Funchess tweeted. “It was not ok. I have grown to develop deep personal and business relationships in the Asian community! I meant no harm, and those that know me, know I have love and respect for all cultures and people. I will learn from this and will continue to grow as a person. I’m forever sorry!”
On Sunday night after the team’s practice, Funchess walked into the media room and said he was happy to see reporters in person after previously talking only via Zoom.
“I can talk to people now,” he said. “I like smiles.”
According to reports, the player then Funchess used an anti-Asian slur and pointed to his eyes. He then told reporters that he could still see them smiling even though they all had their masks on.