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Flacco signs pledge to not use “R” word


As the title to this blurb indicates, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has signed a pledge to not use the “R” word.

And, no, it’s not Redskins.

During the week preceding Super Bowl XLVII, Flacco called the idea of playing a Super Bowl in New Jersey “retarded.” He immediately corrected himself, and he apologized for it the next day.

Now, Flacco and two of his teammates -- tight end Ed Dickson and center Gino Gradkowski -- have signed a pledge to eliminate use of the term. The Maryland Special Olympics page has posted a photo of the signing ceremony.

It’s a potent message to folks who continue to use that word casually, typically with a meaning that is different from its actual meaning. Which can make the person who uses the word completely oblivious to its potentially offensive nature.

Sort of like, well, never mind.