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Packers WR Devin Funchess apologizes for Asian slur

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess (11) runs off the field after Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess (11) runs off the field after Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Gpg Packersfamilynight 08072021 0008

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess apologized early Sunday for using an Asian racial slur during a press conference Saturday night.

“I want to apologize for the disparaging remark I used tonight,” Funchess posted on Twitter. “It was not ok. I have grown to develop deep personal and business relationships in the Asian community! I meant no harm, and those that know me, know I have love and respect for all cultures and people. I will learn from this and will continue to grow as a person. I’m forever sorry!”

Speaking with the media after Green Bay’s Family Night practice at Lambeau Field, Funchess said he was happy to see reporters in person after previously meeting only virtually via Zoom. Vaccinated reporters are still required to wear masks at press conferences.

“I can tell you were smiling when I see your face,” Funchess told a reporter. “I can see your face. Everybody goes (slur) and that’s when I know.”

Funchess, 27, simultaneously pointed to his eyes, an offensive gesture against Asians.

Funchess opted out of the 2020 season with the Packers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He missed most of the 2019 season with the Indianapolis Colts after breaking his collarbone in Week 1.

A second-round draft pick by Carolina in 2015, Funchess has 164 catches for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns in 62 games (41 starts) with the Panthers (2015-18) and Colts.

–Field Level Media