Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco used a word he shouldn't have during his first Super Bowl news conference Monday, and he knew it.
When asked about the plan to play next year's Super Bowl at the outdoor MetLife Stadium, the New Jersey native called it "retarded" before catching himself and changing the word to "stupid."
"I think it's retarded,” Flacco said of holding the NFL's championship game outdoors in a cold-weather climate. "I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than that, I don't really like the idea. I don't think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather."
Something else people don't react well to is language that demeans others. The New York Post slammed Flacco for the use of the term, with the huge headline "Joe Wacco" on the front of its sports section.