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.

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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.

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