Packers WR Devin Funchess apologizes for using racial slur after Saturday night practice
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess apologized early Sunday after using a racial slur against Asians during a media session after Saturday night’s practice at Lambeau Field.
In banter with reporters, Funchess was discussing the difficulty in noticing smiles on faces that are hidden by masks.
“I can tell you were smiling when I see your face,” Funchess told a reporter. “I can see your face. Everybody goes (slur) and that’s when I know.”
Funchess simultaneously pointed to his eyes, a disparaging gesture against Asians.
Funchess apologized shortly afterward on his Twitter account.
"I want to apologize for the disparaging remark I used tonight," Funchess said. "It was not OK. 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'm forever sorry!"
Before his comment, Funchess was having his best night of training camp. He caught two passes, his most in what has been a quiet camp for him. Funchess is returning to the field after missing most of the past two seasons.
He broke his clavicle in Week 1 of the 2019 season 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 because of COVID-19.