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Former Redskin Dexter Manley uses homosexual slur to describe Troy Aikman

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Former Washington Redskin Dexter Manley used a homosexual slur when referring to former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman on a radio show Monday.

The incident was broadcast during WTOP’s morning radio show.

"I think Troy is a queer," said Manley as he and the radio host were discussing Sunday’s game between the Redskins and the Denver Broncos.

The host immediately asked Manley if he wanted to apologize to Aikman, to which Manley replied, "No, I’ll just say I’ll take that back."

Before Monday's incident, Manley had been a frequent guest on WTOP as a Redskins game analyst.

WTOP News Director Jim Farley released a statement saying: "We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened … WTOP has contacted a representative for Manley and informed her that he will not be returning."

“We're hearing these words less and less, but unfortunately we still continue to hear from them from time to time,” said Paul Guequierre of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights organization. “What's encouraging is you as the news media would not be here talking to us about this word if it wasn't unacceptable and that’s exactly what he did. He used a word that was inappropriate, unacceptable and now that's what is being reported on.

The Human Rights Campaign says Manley's comments are dangerous, especially for kids who might be thinking about their own sexuality.

Manley apologized in an email to the Washington Post. He says he was apologizing to Aikman and to anybody who was offended.

We tried to reach Manley, but got no response.

Nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense," Manley was drafted in 1981 by the Redskins and played nine seasons in Washington. However, Manley has been troubled off the field with drug problems and has served time in prison.

Back in 2011, FOX 5 was there when Manley visited with inmates at the Charles County Detention Center. He told them his story proves you can turn your life around.

“I don't know your guys’ situation, but I want to tell you one thing: you can leave here and be a productive member of society, but you got to believe it,” Manley said.

Audio Courtesy WTOP

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