lJoe Flacco Apologizes, Super Bowl 2013 Distractions Continue
If Joe Flacco apologizes, does anyone really care? That's the ultimate question as the latest 2013 Super Bowl distraction takes center stage. Responding to a lot of criticism he sparked by calling next year's outdoor Super Bowl "retarded," Flacco issued an apology.
While answering questions about the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New York on Monday (Jan. 28), Flacco stated, "I think it's retarded. I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid." It's very easy to see why it created a lot of controversy.
Flacco is the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, so he is under a microscope that most football players won't find. Getting to the Super Bowl just brightens the lights that he is under, but he should have known better than making a statement with such poor word choice.
Maybe he realized it after he said it or maybe his publicist stepped in, but on Tuesday he had his retraction ready. "Obviously, it was a poor choice of words," Flacco told the press on January 29. "At home, I have a close relationship with Special Olympics. I didn't mean to offend anyone."
Now, for the second straight day, the headlines are more about controversy than the actual game. "Joe Flacco apologizes" is the new headline instead of how the Ravens offense will try to spread the field against the San Francisco 49ers secondary.
Do you think that Flacco should get a pass on his comments? Is this just another athlete saying something stupid because he can?