Joe Flacco draws flak for using word “retarded”


Joe Flacco met the press Monday. (Stacy Revere / Getty Images)

Updated at 1:42 with Flacco apology

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is catching a fair amount of heat for his comment about cold-weather Super Bowls.

Flacco, a New Jersey native, was asked about the prospect of playing the 2014 Super Bowl in MetLife Stadium next Feb. 2.

“I think it’s retarded. I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid,” said Flacco, who is from New Jersey. “If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one… Other than that I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”

Flacco was asked about his comment at Media Day and apologized, saying he’d made a “bad choice of words.”

“He’s going to have to deal with it,” WFAN co-host Boomer Esiason said. “I’m sure he’ll come out today, I’m sure that he will give an apology. … I guarantee you that Joe Flacco probably did not get a lot of sleep last night, will get up this morning, will apologize, and hopefully people will understand that he made a mistake.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · January 29, 2013