About seven months before former Bears S Dave Duerson fatally shot himself in the chest, he conducted an interview with Deadspin.com where he accused former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan of using a racial slur during a conversation in 1983.
This is what Dueson said:
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.
Ryan immediately denied the n-word was even in his vocabulary, and Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, Jets coach Rex Ryan got the chance to further defend his father.
"Can I be harsh? I thought it was ridiculous," Ryan said, via the NY Daily News. "Absurd. There's no way in hell that happened -- no way in hell that happened. [Duerson] might have made [the slurs], but my dad never did. That's how I feel."
And furthermore …
"There's no way in hell it's a stain on his career," he said. "My dad is a great person. Maybe there's a different agenda there. You can say a lot of things about my dad and me, but that's the most ridiculous comment I've ever heard."
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