EM Kevyn Orr: Sorry for calling Detroiters ‘dumb, lazy’

After nearly two weeks of trying to explain why he called Detroiters “dumb, lazy, happy and rich,” the city’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr has finally apologized.

“I would say – very clearly to the people of Detroit – I apologize,” Orr said Wednesday, looking into a WXYZ camera.

Protesters demanded an apologize on Aug. 5.

Orr acknowledged his word choice was “dumb.”

“That was a slip of the tongue,” he said.

Orr first made the comments in a Wall Street Journal story.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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