Paula Deen: I’m Like ‘That Black Football Player’

Source: Ann Oldenburg / USA Today

Paula Deen is continuing to try to launch her comeback.

The celeb chef, whose world crumbled nine months ago after she admitted using the n-word, told a crowd at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival inMiami Beach last weekend that she is “back in the saddle,” and now she’s telling People magazine in the issue hitting stands on Friday, “If it wasn’t for my fans’ love, I’d be home breathing into a paper bag.”

Deen says, “I’m fighting to get my name back,” adding, “I feel like ’embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” says Deen, referring to NFL prospect Michael Sam. “He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

At her lowest, Deen says, she took comfort in the kitchen. “I made eight cakes in six days,” she tells People. The crazed baking prompted her husband of nearly 10 years, Michael Groover, 58, to tell her, “Honey, I don’t know if I’m going to survive this,” she recalls.

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  • PTB

    *sigh……Bless her lil’ heart….

    • SouthernGirl91


  • coyotegirl525

    And she just had to point out he’s a black football player? She couldn’t just call him a football player?

    • Jeane Stewart

      How about saying the black football player’s name? He does have a name. This dismissive type statement has me thinking she honestly has the “can’t help its” when it comes to race. So much wrong on the subject is deeply rooted in her, when she speaks, she can’t express herself the right way.

      • coyotegirl525

        I think she can help it. She could learn to speak properly if she wanted to. She’s not stupid just boorish.

    • gigantic dong

      get the fck over it you piece of crap

      • coyotegirl525

        What?? Seriously??

        • gigantic dong

          yea get over it

          • coyotegirl525

            Whatever jerk

  • shirley

    Her statement wouldn’t have made sense if she didn’t say what she said.

  • SouthernGirl91

    She knows what he means. Hmmmm… According to her, he doesn’t want to be known as the gay football player (although he admits being gay-which really doesn’t matter to me). But she doesn’t want to be known as the racist cook. So is she admitting that she is racist and just doesn’t want to be called that???
    Really Paula? o_O

  • WorldlyOne

    Where is her Fixer?…foot is still sliding into her mouth.