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Marvin Lewis issues apology for calling Manziel 'a midget'

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Bengal's Head Coach Marvin Lewis does not seem worried about who will be under center for Cleveland this Sunday. 

When asked if he would two game plans ready against Cleveland, Lewis was clear that it does not matter who is playing quarterback.“That doesn't impact you at all,” Lewis said in an interview on 700 WLW. 

“You've got to go defend the offense, you don't defend the player. Particularly, a midget.”

The last sentence is presumably a shot at former Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel is listed as six-feet-tall on the Browns' official website. The quarterback controversy has heated up in Cleveland these past few weeks after two straight losses.

The Bengals issued an apology from Lewis on Tuesday saying:

“I'm aware that my comment on local radio last night was offensive to people of short stature and to their families and friends. It was thoughtless on my part to use the word I did, and not excusable, and I greatly regret it. I since have read about this issue on the Little People of America website. I understand it better, and as I have apologized to Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns community, I offer the same to all others who I offended, and I pledge that I will learn from this. I hope that my mistake and the resultant publicity may serve at least to help others not make similar insensitive comments in the future."

Amy Roloff, star of the TLC show "Little People, Big World," was helping at a food bank in Cleveland on Tuesday. She shared her opinion on Lewis' comments.

"It may not be a big deal to you, but if it is a big deal to another group of people, you should at least be sensitive to that," Roloff said.

Lewis has had his share of controversies this year. Earlier in the year, former Bengal Robert Sands was accused by his wife of domestic abuse. After answering questions about the incident in a press conference, Lewis asked “Anything else that really matters?”

On Wednesday, the Little People of America released a statement saying they are 'aware of and is troubled' by the statement made by Lewis.

"LPA has made it one of its charges to educate people about respectful ways to refer to people of short stature, emphasizing that the word midget is not appropriate because of its insulting connotation," the statement said. "We are glad Mr. Lewis publicly apologized about his 'poor remark,' and are pleased that he extended the apology to the dwarfism community."

The Bengals can eliminate the Browns from the AFC North with a win on Sunday.

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