Bucs CB Carlton Davis apologizes for anti-Asian slur

Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis apologized Sunday night roughly two hours after he tweeted an anti-Asian slur. Davis wrote “Gotta stop letting g***s in Miami,” at 6:42 p.m. ET and then deleted the post shortly after but screenshots were captured. 

Davis tweeted an apology at 9:01 p.m. ET and explained he didn’t know it was an anti-Asian slur but thought it meant someone who was “lame.” The 24-year-old also tweeted what he thought it was a word used in South Florida and said he would remove it from his vocabulary. 

Carlton Davis went to high school in Miami. He added that he never meant to hurt anyone during a time when violence and racism against Asians is high.


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On Monday afternoon, Bucs GM Jason Licht released a statement addressing Davis’s tweet:

“We have been in communication with Carlton regarding his social media post from Sunday evening,” Licht said. “Carlton has been an active member of our Social Justice Player Board over the past two seasons and has played a key role in our organizational support for finding peaceful and productive ways to bring attention to societal issues that have plagued our country for many years.


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“Words carry weight and it is incumbent upon all of us to have a thorough understanding of the words we choose and the effect they may have on others. We look forward to working with Carlton to find appropriate ways to learn from this experience and continue our joint efforts to put an end to all forms of social and racial injustices.”

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