Well, this was awkward: on radio station WTOP Monday morning, former Redskin Dexter Manley came right out and called former Cowboy Troy Aikman a "queer." Here, via Deadspin, listen for yourself:
Yeah ... that's not going to fly these days. Credit to the hosts for instantly trying to get Manley to rethink his choice of words. Manley somehow both did and didn't regret what he said. Either way, he won't be coming back to WTOP, and he's likely to be hearing about this for some time to come.
Anyway, this is reminiscent of an infamous Skip Bayless story about Aikman. Long before he was a professional troll with a national platform on ESPN, Bayless was a writer, and in 1996 penned "Hell Bent," a book focusing on the Cowboys, which passed along rumors that Aikman was gay. As recently as 2009, he was doubling down on the allegations: "The coach definitely thought he was gay and a lot of his teammates thought he was gay," Bayless said. "More than that, they thought he was racist and they thought he was trying to get Barry Switzer."
Hot-button words, people. They're out there, you gotta deal with it. Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom of consequences from speech. In connection with the event, WTOP released the following statement:
This morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment. 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.