We are now living in tense times when it comes to ethnic groups. Indeed, with the emergence of the novel coronavirus, Asian xenophobia has risen to the fore, and players have been fighting back.
On the same topic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davies has been dragged into the abyss by an anti-Asian slur in a tweet. However, after his since-deleted post, he apologized for his comments on Twitter.
According to statistics from the Center for the Study of Violence Extremism, hate against Asian Americans has increased by around 150 percent in major U.S. cities in the last year.
Indeed, prejudice against Asian Americans and members of the Pacific Islander community has grown. Harassment and threats have also increased, which has resulted in it making the news.
Carlton Davies Offensive Tweet
“Gotta stop letting g—- in Miami.”
-deleted tweet by Carlton
When this tweet appeared in his timeline, it appears that people turned off his alerts.
Similarly, the Asian American Journalists Association has expressed full criticism of Davis’ use of the slur, according to USA Today.
Carlton Davies has since deleted his tweet and explained his reasons for using the phrase. According to Carlton, he used the phrase to describe someone who was “lame.” Furthermore, he was unaware that it had a broader, darker significance.
He’d tweeted his justifications along with a short and simple screenshot from an unpublished slang dictionary entry.
The picture did, however, broaden the definition of “lame” as a word used by South Floridians. In addition, he confirmed that the word was used in reference to a particular Miami manufacturer. He apologised with another tweet after the backlash:
“I would never offend any group of people. You reporters can look for another story to blow up. The term was directed towards a producer claiming he ‘ran Miami.’ With that being said I’ll retire that word from my vocabulary giving the hard times our Asian family are enduring ❤️.”
Following Tweet of Carlton Davies
“I used a term that from where I come from has always meant ‘lame’ but I did not realize it has a much darker, negative connotation. I have learned a valuable lesson and want to apologize to anyone that was offended by seeing that word because we need to focus on helping each other during these tough times.”
Carlton Davies, on the other hand, has opened up about his feelings and apologized for his error. Of course, he is the most recent athlete to be called a slur.
Meyers Leonard, a former Miami Heat forward, faced a similar situation last month. During his live stream, while playing video games, he allegedly used an anti-Semitic slur.
As a result, Leonard was traded and later waived by the club. Athletes often walk in a thin line and all eyes are on them. Furthermore, there is no way of knowing when the thin line will snap.
Carlton Davis is currently a member of the Bucs’ Social Justice Initiative’s Player Board. In terms of his contract, he is nearing the end of his initial rookie deal with the Bucs.
Davis has even stood up for a good cause on a number of occasions. He shares his perspective as a black man and has spoken out against racism.
He’s also trying to improve relations between the police and the Black community. Last season, Carlton Davies collaborated with the Bucs’ social justice board to address the team’s close links.