Updated 12:30 p.m. EST
New Jersey Devil Cam Janssen has apologized for joking about beating up gay hockey players during a recent radio interview. Details follow.
Reads Janssen's apology:
"Earlier this week, I participated in an Internet-based radio show in which I used some poor judgment which I now regret. The New Jersey Devils were unaware of this interview, which I arranged myself.
"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.
"I apologize for the embarrassment my comments have caused to the New Jersey Devils management, as well as my teammates."
As a guest on the St. Louis' Thom & Jeff Show earlier this week, Janssen spouted off a few offensive jabs at the Kings before skating into the "I'd beat up a gay player" territory.
Queerty has the transcript:
Janssen: “There’s some shit-talkin’ that goes down that pisses some people off. There’s a lot of personal shit, man, like, guys know personal shit. … You wanna get in people’s heads to get them off their fuckin’ game. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t wanna go too deep with shit 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]
The NHL—arguably the gay-friendliest league in American pro-sports—likely isn't laughing along with the radio hosts.
Apology accepted, Instincters?