Me racist long time...
Still, while slurs will never be allowable and should, with all diligence, be pointed out and thrown on front pages, the greater crime here is Parcells' criminal stupidity.
Every year, we have three or four incidents like this (usually gay-bashing), where an athlete in an interview situation says something he comes to regret later.
They KNOW the cameras are on, or the microphones, or the tape players. Didn't the John Rocker nonsense sink in at all? They KNOW the person they're talking to is a reporter. They've seen the repercussions in the lives of others who have said what they meant. Even if you're grand dragon of the KKK, you have to know when to keep your mouth shut, yes? And, to make it worse, Parcells is a coach, hailed by most football fans as a "genius."
Nice work, genius.