Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is expected to apologize for referring to Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. a “fag” following a game last Thursday night.
In a post-game interview, Porter commented on opponent Winslow: “He’s a fag. He tried to dap me up before the game. He’s soft though. I don’t pay attention to him.”
Porter was apparently miffed about a hit he had taken from Winslow during the game: “It was late. That’s what fags do. He’s soft. He wanna be tough but he’s really soft. He tried to give me a handshake before the game. He’s not my friend, he don’t know me. What you trying to shake my hand for? He talk too much and he hadn’t done nothing. He threw a cheap shot. He’s weak. He’s for real weak. He’s soft. He might want to play receiver because he don’t want to play tight end. He’s not gonna block nobody.”
During a news conference yesterday coach Bill Cowher called Porter’s comments “inappropriate” but no apology has been forthcoming from Porter and the NFL has not yet laid down a fine.
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