add to trickblues earlier post Parcells' slur causes stir 05:55 PM CDT on Monday, June 7, 2004 By MATT MOSLEY / DallasNews.com IRVING – Cowboys coach Bill Parcells used a racial slur during a news conference at the team's practice facility Monday. While discussing two of his assistant coaches, quarterbacks coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Parcells said, "Sean's going to have a few ... no disrespect to the Orientals, but what we call Jap plays, OK, surprise things." When an audience of reporters began to murmur about the comment, Parcells added, "No disrespect to anyone." Parcells was referencing Payton's penchant for installing trick plays. Regarding Payton and Zimmer, Parcells said, "You've got to keep an eye on those two because they're going to try and get the upper hand." Parcells' comments came after he was asked about his comfort level with his coaching staff. "Bill Parcells is a brilliant coach," said John Tateishi of the Japanese-American Citizen's League, a national civil rights group. "Unfortunately, he is ignorant about racial slurs. I take great offense by what he said. Parcells ought to know better. He sorely needs more education on what is offensive and non-offensive to Japanese-Americans. I am shocked that he would say this. " The Cowboys issued this statement Monday afternoon: "He (Parcells) stated that he intended no disrespect. The organization apologizes to anyone who may have been offended." Japanese journalist Akira Kuboshima, visiting Valley Ranch for the Cowboys' minicamp, said Parcells apologized to him for the comments during the afternoon practice. "It's more shocking that everyone in there noticed," said Kuboshima, editor of American Football Magazine Japan. "I don't want anyone to hear or read that. I wish everyone would just forget it. I admire Coach Parcells." Last week, Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau apologized for using a derogatory term for gays while describing his relationship with his teammates.