Packers WR Devin Funchess uses racial slur during press conference, issues apology
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess issued an apology after using a racial slur against Asians during a media session after Saturday night’s practice.
“I can tell you were smiling when I see your face,” Funchess told a reporter while discussing the difficulty of noticing smiles on reporters behind masks. “I can see your face. Everybody goes [slur] and that’s when I know.” Funchess simultaneously pointed to his eyes while making the comment.
The racial slur thrown into the friendly banter went widely unnoticed until Funchess himself issued an apology on Twitter.
“I want to apologize for the disparaging remark I used tonight. It was not ok,” Funchess started off his apology.
“I have grown to develop deep personal and business relationships in the Asian community! I meant no harm, and those that know me, know I have love and respect for all cultures and people. I will learn from this and will continue to grow as a person. I am forever sorry,” he continued.
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Before making the comment and issuing the apology, Funchess was having one of his best nights of training. He caught two passes which is a record for him. Funchess missed out on most of the last two seasons.
In week 1 of 2019, he broke his clavicle while with the Indianapolis Colts, and missed the rest of the year on injured reserve. After signing a one-year deal with the Packers before last season, Funchess opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.