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Johnson Apologizes for Antigay Slurs


Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson apologized Tuesday for his use of antigay slurs, but his team advised him to keep a distance while they and the National Football League complete an investigation.

"I regret my actions," said Johnson through a spokesman, according to the Associated Press. "The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate. I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse for what I said," he said.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Tuesday the matter was still being investigated, while the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation called for disciplinary action against Johnson, according to the AP. Several websites were reporting he had been suspended, which the team denied.

Johnson, who has a history of assault charges, sparked an outcry with his utterance of antigay slurs on Sunday and Monday after his team lost to the San Diego Chargers. In the first instance he called a Twitter follower's profile picture a "fag pic" and referred to the person as a "Christopher Street boy," TheKansas City Star reported.

On Monday, Johnson used an antigay slur in a request for reporters to leave the locker room.

"Then Johnson turned away and whispered, 'Get your faggot ass out of here,'" the Star reported.

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