Packer says he meant Rose was 'lazy'

Updated: April 5, 2007, 2:03 PM ET
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Billy Packer says a comment he made on "The Charlie Rose Show," which some have claimed was a slur at gays, was not.

Last Friday, on the eve of the Final Four, Rose told Packer he could get to Atlanta to be a runner. "... I could jump on a plane and could be there," Rose said.

Packer's response: "You always fag out on that one for me, you know. You always say, 'Oh, yes, I'm going to be the runner,' then you never show up."

Fagged out, by most dictionary definitions, means to tire or weary by labor or to exhaust.

Packer, in a telephone interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, said that was the definition he was using.

"I said he fagged out on me and it had nothing to do with sexual connotation," he told the Inquirer. "I got to know Charlie a number of years ago and have great admiration for his program and intellect. He is a big Dukie, and he has been talking a number of years about coming to the Final Four to be a runner."

CBS vice president of communications LeslieAnne Wade called it a "poor choice of words," but added: "Billy used the phrase as defined in the American Heritage Dictionary, among others."

"The term has nothing to do with sexuality," Packer told the Inquirer. "I think he is the most eligible bachelor. It's about a guy too lazy to get the work."

Packer said he isn't going to shy away from using the term in the future.

"I can assure you I will use that phrase again and I won't think twice about it," he said, according to the Inquirer. "My meaning is genuine."