Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco created a stir earlier today with his unfortunate comments regarding a cold weather Super Bowl. Flacco was discussing the issue when he described the idea of playing Super Bowl in a cold weather city as “retarded.”
Flacco does a lot of charity work with the Special Olympics back in Maryland, so he quickly realized his poor choice of words and issued an apology for his comments.
“Obviously, it was a bad choice of words. I wish I hadn’t said it,” Flacco said. “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.”
It was an unfortunate slip up from Flacco, but it is not fair to trash the man for a poor choice of words.
If this was any week other than Super Bowl week, Flacco’s comments wouldn’t have received the same amount of attention and the signal-caller wouldn’t have been criticized for what he chose to say. Flacco’s comments were not malicious and he was just trying to make a point — a cold weather Super Bowl is not nearly as enjoyable for the players or fans in attendance.
Flacco apologized for the mistake, so it is time for us all to move on.