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Flacco apologizes for “retarded” comment

Super Bowl XLVII Media Day

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 29: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens answers questions from the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Joe Flacco knew he made a mistake as soon as he said it Monday night, so he apologized for it Tuesday.

In reference to a question about cold-weather Super Bowls, Flacco called it a “retarded” idea, then admitted immediately he shouldn’t have used the word, following it with “stupid.”

Tuesday, he said he wished he could have reeled it back in.

Obviously, it was a bad choice of words. I wish I hadn’t said it,” Flacco said, via Mike Garafolo of USA Today. “I have a great relationship with Special Olympics back in Baltimore and have had one for many years. I didn’t mean to offend anybody, but I definitely apologize for it.”

It’s good that Flacco immediately recognized his mistake, and went right back to being his “dull” self. And hopefully more people, not just football players, will learn that the two words he used Monday aren’t interchangeable.