Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has apologized TWICE for referring to Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel as a midget… but here’s the thing, I’m not sorry. His apologies have more to do with PR than actual sorrow. Maybe Lewis believes that he is in the right. That if he meant nothing by it, then it’s OK. Perhaps he feels that if it wasn’t actually directed at someone with dwarfism than it’s not offensive. But it is. And though he’s sorry. I’m not. I’m not sorry. I’m not sorry that Lewis gave himself the opportunity to “read up” on dwarfism. While I am aware of the social media implications, I also know that his word to “learn from this” is true. He may not get it anymore than he did 24 hours ago, but he does feel bad. He is sorry that he screwed up. He’s sorry that his coaching career is marred by this event. He’s sorry, and while he may not care any more or less about the dwarfism community, he will certainly think twice before he says “midget” again. And I’m not sorry he learned that lesson.
To Coach Lewis,
I’m not sorry that YOU chose an offensive word.
I’m NOT sorry that it doesn’t offend you.
I’m NOT sorry that you didn’t mean anything by it.
Because you did.
You meant to insult.
You meant to demean.
You meant to mock.
You meant it.
Thank you for the opportunity to raise awareness.
Thank you for bumbling your sorrows, for they’ve given me the chance to educate.
Here is the opportunity for those who claim I didn’t know it was offensive, to buck up. To realize when you use a word to mock or hurt someone it is knowing.
You know now.
And I’m not sorry.
P.S. Coach Lewis, You can donate HERE to the LPA and continue their efforts to educate!