Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 5/20/13
During one of the many media sessions for Super Bowl 47, Ravens star quarterback Joe Flacco caught some flak after saying that the idea of playing a Super Bowl in cold weather New York was “retarded.” Flacco would later apologize for those remarks, and then he went on to win himself and the Ravens a Super Bowl. Flacco and two of his Ravens teammates have now signed pledges to help eliminate use of the word completely according to the Special Olympics. @teamflacco, @ginograd56, @eddickson84 of the @ravens sign the @r_word_campaign pledge to eliminate use of r-word twitter.com/SpOlympicsMD/s… — Special Olympics MD (@SpOlympicsMD) May 19, 2013 I understand why some people get upset about the term, and the use of the word.  Having worked in the mental and behavioral health field for many years, I certainly know the difference. In this day and time, retard or retarded is certainly no longer used in the clinical sense.  The proper term now for someone with who is mentally challenged would be intellectually or developmentally disabled. I applaud Flacco for his pledge, but we all know the use of the word retard or retarded will never go away, especially since it’s used as an insult, and not a clinical term in this day and time.
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