Joe Flacco apologized for the "retarded" comment that he made on Monday (Jan. 28). According to a report from NFL.com on Tuesday (Jan. 29), Flacco stated that he had used a bad choice of words and that he wish he hadn't said it.
It stirred up a lot of controversy when Flacco stated that a cold-weather Super Bowl is a "retarded" concept. It immediately caused the internet to buzz about the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens and most online posters did not have kind things to say about it. Queue the damage control that he had to undertake on Tuesday at the Super Bowl 2013 press conferences.
During the Tuesday Media Day, Flacco stated that, "Obviously, it was a bad choice of words. I wish I hadn't said it. 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."
Indeed it was a poor choice of words, especially for a quarterback who feels that he is worth $20 million a season to his franchise. Money like that comes with the responsibility of being the face of the franchise, so Flacco has got to watch what he says. Though Joe Flacco has now apologized for using the word "retarded" on Monday, the damage may already be done to his reputation in the NFL.
Now maybe they can get back to preparation for the 2013 Super Bowl.