TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Nov. 12 about coach Jimbo Fisher apologizing for his use of the word "retarded" during a news conference, The Associated Press reported erroneously that after he was asked about Florida State's being 10th in the BCS behind three Southeastern Conference teams with two losses, the coach asked "how retarded is it?" and later apologized for his remarks. Fisher was actually asked about Florida State being behind schools with four or five losses in one of the computer rankings immediately before making the comment.
A corrected version of the story is below:
FSU coach Fisher apologizes for 'retarded' comment
Florida State coach apologizes for using 'retarded' in reference to Seminoles' BCS standing
By BRENT KALLESTAD
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher apologized Monday for using the term "retarded" in response to a question about his team's ranking in the BCS standings that determine which teams play for the national championship.
After being asked about Florida State being behind schools with four or five losses in one of the computer rankings, he asked "how retarded is it?"
A few hours later, Fisher apologized.
"That's not the way I think," Fisher said. "It was a poor choice of words. I didn't mean to offend anyone in any way."
The word "retarded" and its variations are considered hurtful to many and was targeted by the Special Olympics a few years go to end its use. Sometimes meaning stupid or foolish, the term has long been considered offensive.