Joe Haden, NFL's first Special Olympics ambassador, denounces use of R-word

"The R-word is hurtful, hateful and ignorant," Haden said. "Like the N-word, it should not be part of our language."

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has denounced the use of a pejorative that refers to developmentally and intellectually challenged individuals.

"Open up your vocabulary, people," Haden said Wednesday in an interview with ESPN. "The R-word is hurtful, hateful and ignorant. Like the N-word, it should not be part of our language."

Haden, whose younger brother, 22-year-old...

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