GWS defender Heath Shaw has released a statement on last night's sledge directed at Sydney's Tom Papley.
Shaw apologised for his comments made during last night's Sydney/GWS clash, where he was overheard calling Papley a "f**king retard".
It caused plenty of angst on social media, with Jason Dunstall immediately apologising on Fox Footy for the language.
Shaw released a statement on Twitter on Sunday morning.
"I want to apologise for the insensitive comment I made to Tom Papley during last night's game," he wrote.
"Yes I am a fiery person who plays with a lot of passion and emotion but that is no excuse for my actions last night.
"I apologise to Tom and anyone else who took offence to my comments, I deeply regret them.
"There is no place for comments of that on or off the football ground. It was an offensive remark that I should never have made and for that I apologise."