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Wed, 03.03.2004

Paul Hornung makes racial slur

*On this date in 2004, white-American football player Paul Hornung made a racial comment about Black youth.

The former Green Bay Packers star said his Alma Mater, Notre Dame, needed to lower its academic standards to "get the Black athlete." "We can't stay as strict as we are as far as the academic structure is concerned because we've got to get the Black athlete," Hornung said. "We must get the Black athlete if we're going to compete." This happened during a radio interview in Detroit on WXVT-AM before the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

The following day Hornung said in the AP interview that he changed his mind after being flooded with telephone calls from friends and media. Expressing regret he said "I was wrong, what I should have said is for all athletes it is really tough to get into Notre Dame. I rethought it and if I had to do over again I wouldn't. What I should have said was for all athletes it's very tough to get into Notre Dame."

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