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Duerson said Buddy Ryan used racial slur

Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:59 pm
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Buddy Ryan was accused of using a racial slur by Dave Duerson (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Three months before he fatally shot himself in the chest, former Bears S Dave Duerson conducted an hour-long interview with Deadspin’s Rob Truck. Buried in the story was an interesting accusation: Duerson said former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan used a racial slur in a conversation with Duerson in 1983.

Since then, Ryan talked to the Chicago Tribune and denied ever using the epithet.

First, here’s what Duerson said to Trucks in an article published Tuesday on Deadspin.

In the NFL, I was ostracized from Day One – not by my teammates but by my defensive coordinator. I was drafted by the Bears in 1983. My first day walking into Halas Hall, I met Buddy Ryan. He knew I'd gone to Notre Dame, and he asked me if I was one of those doctors or lawyers. I said, "Yes, sir." He said, "Well, you won't be here too long, because I don't like smart n-----s."

I worked for Buddy for three years, and there was not a day that he did not remind me that I was not his draft pick, that he did not want me there or something to that effect: "You won't be here too long because I'm trying my best to get you out of here." That kind of thing. And so it was a very lonely feeling in that regard.

It was not motivational at all. The guy simply hated my guts, without question.


Reached by the Tribune, Ryan said, “I never used that word," he said. "It's not in my vocabulary."

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Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 11:55 am
 

Duerson said Buddy Ryan used racial slur

IT DIDN'T BOTHER HIM FOR 25 YEARS......WHY NOW?   AND BESIDES, WHO CARES....REALLY.  i'M A BEARS FAN, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL, BUT THIS DOES NOT BOTHER ME AND IT SHOULDN'T BOTHER ANYONE ELSE. AND, WE DON'T KNOW IF DD WAS TELLING THE TRUTH ANYWAY. I THINK WE'D ALL BE SURPRISED AS TO WHAT COACHES AND OWNERS REALLY SAY ABOUT PEOPLE AND PLAYERS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. 



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:31 am
 

Duerson said Buddy Ryan used racial slur

The most important text in this "story" comes in the first half-sentence "Three months before he fatally shot himself in the chest". Dave Duerson was a troubled soul, as was made clear three months after he gave this interview. He had a failed marriage, failed business, and some degree of failing health that he apparently attributed to his playing days. Nothing is sadder than someone that falls from Super Bowl Chicago Bears team hero, to the depths that lead to his committing suicide, but clearly, his soul was troubled at this time and whatever was said should be heard with that understanding. Buddy Ryan was a tough ol' son-of-a-gun, and it is believable that he gave out plenty of tough love towards his players - like when the Bears drafted William "the refrigerator" Perry and Buddy Ryan immediately declared him to be a wasted draft pick. So, whatever was said, it may have been harsh - but, again, let's consider the state of mind Duerson was in, when he gave the interview.


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