Bucs’ Carlton Davis tweets anti-Asian slur, then quickly deletes

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis tweeted – then quickly deleted – an anti-Asian slur on Sunday night, prompting him to later write a second tweet to apologize.

The third-year player tweeted, “Gotta stop letting g–ks in Miami,” a derogatory term often used towards those of Asian descent – specifically Vietnamese, Filipino and Korean people.

Davis deleted the tweet, then wrote another insisting he was referring to a different use of the word and didn’t know it was used in a racial connotation.

“I would never offend any group of people,” Davis wrote. “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.”

In a second tweet minutes later, Davis wrote, “I used a term that from where I come from has always meant ‘lame’ but I did not realize it has a much darker, negative connotation. I have learned a valuable lesson and want to apologize to anyone that was offended by seeing that word because we need to focus on helping each other during these tough times.”

The tweet comes at a time where anti-Asian racism has seen a troubling spike in America. In New York alone, there have been a number of violent incidents in the last week, including a woman being brutally assaulted in Midtown.

The Asian American Journalists Association released a statement condemning his tweet, “especially at a time when Asians in the United States are experiencing a sharp increase in anti-Asian hate.”

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