Radio personality Deters apologizes for controversial comments

Published: May. 28, 2011 at 1:38 AM EDT|Updated: May. 28, 2011 at 1:44 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Radio host and attorney Eric Deters made controversial comments during a video blog this week. He admits "it was a joke he took too far".

In part of the video Deters said, "If you want to conquer an African nation, send white women and pot."

Deters says he realized his mistake immediately and told the person responsible for posting his videos on his blog not to post the video, however the video accidentally was posted.

Now Deters is taking ownership of those comments, and apologizing.

"The joke, that was an extension of making a commentary about some of the young black me that I know that smoke pot and like white women," said Deters. "By the way, there is nothing wrong with that, I am somebody that thinks pot should be legalized and I also don't have any problem with black men marrying or dating white women."

During Deters' rant, he said "Every black guy on my flag football team, went out with, lived with, and was married to a white woman and smoked pot."

Deters says the comments are from one of his comedy acts. He says the comments are not reflective of his beliefs.

"Anybody who has seen this and may be offended by it I would say this to them, I apologize and I admit that it was a bad joke that I shouldn't have told and it has no part of me whatsoever in my mind or in my heart," said Deters. "I am not prejudice, I am not racist."

The NAACP has seen Deters comments and have been in contact with 700 WLW.

"Yes we are concerned, however we are glad Mr. Deters has taken ownership of his comments and we hope that he can learn from this and move forward," said Christopher Smitherman, NAACP spokesperson.

Deters says he has learned from his mistake.

"I've learned a big lesson here, as a white person I can't tell black jokes and I'm never going to tell one again," said Deters

Deters comments were made on his own and are not connected with 700 WLW in any way. The video still on YouTube is not the original video posted by Deters' team. That video has been taken off Facebook and Deters' YouTube channel.

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