Marvin Lewis Peruses ‘Little People Of America’ Website, Issues Second Apology
Here's the stanza from Randy Newman's hit song Short People that most overlook:
Short people are just the same as you and I/A fool such as I
All men are brothers until the day they die/It's a wonderful world
Not so wonderful for Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis, however, who has had to issue two apologies for referring to Johnny Manziel as a "midget" on Monday.
During his press conference, Lewis was asked of the possibility if facing Manziel as quarterback of the Browns on Sunday.
"You gotta go defend the offense. You don't defend the player," Lewis said before adding, "Particularly a midget."
Lewis later apologized for his remark.
"I apologize to Johnny, the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland," Lewis said. "It was just a poor remark. I really didn't mean anything by it."
But that wasn't enough. Today, Lewis said:
— John D. Beckler II (@JDBeckler) December 9, 2014
Sorry if this next part doesn't reflect the serious tone and reverential treatment that the issue deserves, but the thought of Lewis in his office studying the Little People of America website is a grand, glorious image.
Aside from that, I went there and it really is a site worth reading. Many people of short stature consider "midget" a slur, and sites like LPA are fighting to stop it.
So Lewis (was probably forced to) apologize. Meanwhile, it's business as usual for you, Washington Redskins!
And so far Twitter has been as sensitive to the issue as we had hoped.
— Eric Neufarth (@ENeufarth) December 9, 2014
So what have we learned? That no subject is really taboo -- it just depends on the context and the intent. Lewis calling Manziel a midget? Not funny. The clip below? Funny.
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