By Adam Roberts – 8/9/2021
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess is apologizing for using an anti-Asian slur when talking to the media Saturday night.
He said in a tweet he has deep personal and business relationships in the Asian community and he meant no harm. He said it was not OK, and he will learn from this and continue to grow as a person. Funchess was talking about the difficulty of knowing when someone was smiling while wearing masks and made a reference to Asians while pointing to his eyes to demonstrate how he knows when someone is smiling.
General manager Brian Gutekunst said on Sunday he had spoken to Funchess about the incident, and that the team has no plans to cut Funchess “at the moment”.
The Packers will kick off the preseason at home this Saturday as the Pack play host to the Houston Texans. It’s not clear yet which stars will suit up for the Packers, but it will be the first chance for fans to see rookies in action. Lambeau Field is expected to be open at full capacity with COVID protocols in place at the stadium.