(PIX11) — After last year’s n-word scandal, Paula Deen is trying to make a comeback.
“I’m fighting to get my name back,” Deen told an audience at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami. “I feel like ’embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out.”
Deen was referring to college football star and 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,” Deen added.
Last summer, Deen’s show on the Food Network was canceled and she lost other lucrative endorsements when a former employee filed a discrimination and sexual harassment suit against the top chef.
Deen admitted to using the n-word, but the lawsuit was later dropped.