(This story was published in 2006).

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter used a homophobic slur in a post-game interview in reference to Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Porter was reacting to a late hit by Winslow in the fourth quarter that drew a penalty flag.

“It was late, that’s what (slur) do,” Porter said, according to the Tribune-Review. “He’s soft. He wants to be tough but he’s really soft.”

We can only assume that the slur was either “fags” or “faggots.”

The Steelers won the game, 27-7. It was the third game of the season broadcast on the NFL Network that relatively no one was able to watch.

Expect a public apology from Porter to “anyone who was offended” by this afternoon.

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