Queerty reported earlier about New Jersey Devils center Cam Janssen, who made gross sexist and homophobic remarks during an internet-radio show earlier this week. Well, today he apologized, but more for his “poor choice of language” rather than the hateful ideas behind it.
Janssen was yucking it up on The Thom & Jeff Show in St. Louis when he got into a discussion about trash-talking in hockey:
Janssen: “There’s some shit-talkin’ that goes down that pisses some people off. There’s a lot of personal shi, man, like, guys know personal shit. … You wanna get in people’s heads to get them off their fuckin’ game and don’t get me wrong, you don’t wanna go too deep with sh*t because we all have our issues here. Let’s be honest.”
Host: “But if the guy was suckin’ cock four weeks ago, you’re gonna let him know about it?”
Janssen: “Oh, if he’s suckin’ cock, he’s gettin’ his ass kicked.” [laughter]
After Queerty and several sports site broadcasted Janssen’s interview, he issued a mea culpa:
“I would like to apologize for my poor choice of language. The tone of the interview was very casual and off-color, and I lost focus on what is and is not acceptable and professional.
I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by my language. Moving forward, I hope to eliminate that type of language from my vocabulary. I would also like to take this chance to express my support for the work the You Can Play project is doing, and for the gay community in general.”
Wait, for your language? It’s not your language that’s atrocious—it was your suggestion you’d kick the ass of a gay player, whether you say “he’s suckin’ cock” or “he has same-sex attractions.”
Earlier in the interview, Janssen called the L.A. Kings “the fat broads that you regret bangin’.” So if he had said the Kings were the plus-sized ladies you rue being intimate with, that’d be kosher?
We’re hoping this is just another example of Janssen’s inelegance with words and that he meant he was sorry for the whole conversation. The folks over at You Can Play, a nonprofit campaigning for inclusivity in hockey, have a more reasoned response to Janssen’s missteps than we do:
We must never condone the private or public use of these hateful slurs. But we must also be constantly aware that for many athletes, they do not see the full extent of the hate these words carry. We remain convinced that we are on the right track.
Aw jeez, okay.