Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 6/26/13
Television personality Paula Deen has come under fire recently for admitting to using racial slurs in the past. Deen has since seen several business partners distance themselves from her because of the scandal, however, Deen has at least one supporter in her corner.This supporter is none other than former NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.Jenkins appeared on Deen's Food Network show Paula's Best Dishes last year and doesn't believe the backlash she has received is warranted.“She graced me with the opportunity to be on her show. While I was there, I had an amazing time, and [an] amazing experience. I saw something there that was a little different from what everyone knows of her…. The lady was a sweetheart to me; [her] making a mistake I’m not going to be the one to make a big deal of it. I got to see her heart and for me, I don’t look at the ‘N word’ as a bad word like that in this year — in 2013. The reason is because I think the ‘N word’ is more a test of my inner strength as to how strong am I to even be bothered by the word or not.”Here is a clip of the two together on the show:Jenkins, 33, spent 11 total seasons in the NFL with the likes of the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets. He earned four trips to the Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro on three different occasions.Via For the Win
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