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A Washington, D.C., radio station ended its relationship with former Washington Redskin Dexter Manley after he used an anti-gay slur in reference to Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.
Manley was doing his weekly radio segment on WTOP-FM, discussing the Redskins-Broncos game. Aikman was part of the broadcast of the game on Fox.
Manley was asked whether the Redskins, who lost the game, were jinxed because of Aikman's presence.
"I think Troy Aikman's a queer," Manley said. When both hosts challenged Manley's insensitive comment, he said, "OK, I'm sorry about that."
WTOP released a statement severing ties with Manley on Monday afternoon.
"This morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment," the statement said. "He was immediately challenged by WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan. We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened on WTOP. WTOP has contacted a representative for Manley and informed her that he will not be returning."
Manley later issued an apology to The Washington Post.
"In an interview with WTOP radio Monday, while intending to be funny, I used a slur to refer to Troy Aikman," Manley's statement read. "It was wrong and insensitive. Anyone that knows me knows that's not who I am in my heart or mind. I want to apologize to Troy, but I mostly want to apologize to anyone else I offended. Like a lot of people in these times, I have to realize that what I thought was funny years ago doesn't work now. I'll do my best to make sure it doesn't happen again and hope you will accept my apology."