Steelers linebacker Joey Porter issued a post-practice
apology after using a gay slur to
describe Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen
Winslow after a late hit in the fourth quarter called a
penalty flag during a game between the two teams on
November 19. According to ESPN.com, Porter and Winslow
also exchanged words before the game.
Tribune-Review reported that Porter said, "It was
late, that's what fags do. He's soft. He wants to be
tough, but he's really soft."
Bill Cowher said that Porter's remarks were
inappropriate but suggested he was not attacking anyone's
sexual orientation. "I don't know," Porter later told
reporters. "I guess because how we used that word
freely, me growing up using that word, I didn't think
anything of it. Like I said, I apologize to anyone I
may have offended. I didn't mean to offend anybody but
Kellen Winslow. That's pretty much that. I don't want
to put any more into it."
Porter has been fined $15,000 for criticizing an official
after what he thought was an unfair call. Porter has yet to
be fined by the NFL, but it is likely that it will
happen this week. (The Advocate)