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Janoris Jenkins on his use retard: “It’s a culture that I grew up in where I’m from, you know what I’m saying. We use all kinds of words for all kinds of slang.”| Image: CBS Sports, Fair Use

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Giants’ Janoris Jenkins defends calling fan ‘retard,’ calls it part of his culture

Bleacher Report – New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins defended his use of an inappropriate term Thursday by saying it was part of his upbringing.

The veteran didn’t practice Wednesday and instead spent his time arguing with fans on Twitter.

Jenkins later apologized but provided reasoning for his use of the R-word.

“Where I’m from, we use all kind of words for slang. If it offends anybody, I’m sorry,” he said, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

“It’s a culture that I grew up in where I’m from, you know what I’m saying. We use all kinds of words for all kinds of slang. If you don’t know, it’s a ‘hood thing. Whatever. I’m not calling nobody no name or pick at nobody. It’s just something we use in the hood back at home … ” Read more. 

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