Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis offended a lot of people by using what amounts to a slur against Browns QB Johnny Manziel.
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Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis apologized on Monday night for comments directed at Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel in which he referred to the rookie QB as “a midget.”
According to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Lewis issued an apology Monday night for the comment.
“I apologize to Johnny and the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland,” Lewis said. “It was just a poor remark. I really didn’t mean anything by it.”
During a radio interview on Monday, Lewis was asked if the possibility of playing against Manziel in the Week 15 matchup as opposed to QB Brian Hoyer would result in a different method of preparation. Lewis’ response got him into a great deal of hot water:
“You’ll get a little bit more movement if Manziel’s the quarterback, the thing that they did against Buffalo. But other than that, no, that doesn’t impact you at all. You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player.” Lewis then added, “Particularly a midget.”
Johnny Manziel is 5’11.75″, shorter than the average NFL QB, but still taller than Superbowl champion QB Russell Wilson or 4-time Pro Bowler QB Michael Vick – neither of which Lewis has called “a midget” in the past.