Bret Hart apologizes for making gay joke to Pat Patterson during his appreciation night at WWE Raw

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Bret Hart tried to make a funny. Instead he made an ugly, and now he's apologizing for as much in the way everyone apologizes in the year 2013: through Twitter.

This past Monday night's (May 27, 2013) episode of Raw was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and featured an "Appreciation Night" for legendary former company flag-bearer Bret Hart. He made a few appearances backstage in pre-tapes with the likes of Team Hell No and Curtis Axel as part of the live broadcast but it was during the dark segment after USA went off the air that he got his moment under the lights.

And it was there that he got himself into trouble.

Indeed, "The Hitman" was being celebrated by many employees of WWE, including Pat Patterson, well known within the industry for being gay. At one point, Patterson bent down to salute Hart and Bret joked that he "gets nervous" any time Patterson gets down on his knees.

While there has been no real controversy surrounding the incident -- obviously, as it happened on Monday and he's just now apologizing on Friday -- Hart still felt the need to go on Twitter today and apologize for his comments:

The fact that Hart and Patterson are friends has taken the edge off what could have been a bad situation. It was just a joke between buddies, after all, though some may take offense to it, hence the apology.

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