ESPN Suspends Bob Griese for Inappropriate On-Air Comment

Oct 28, 2009  •  Post A Comment

ESPN’s Bob Griese, who quarterbacked the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl wins during his playing days,  was suspended one week after making an inappropriate comment about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who is Colombian, the Associated Press reports.

During ESPN’s Minnesota-Ohio State game broadcast Saturday, a graphic popped up listing top drivers in NASCAR’s points race, and analyst Chris Spielman asked where Montoya was. Griese replied he was "out having a taco."

Griese has apologized on air twice.

–Elizabeth Jensen and Chuck Ross

3 Comments

  1. When Otherwise Good Guys Say Stupid Things
    It was in 1973 that I moved to Los Angeles with my then wife, two children and a Maltese named Annabelle.
    My boss at the Studio rejected a $10 expense item that I had submitted. Having the maturity of a cranky ten year old I was very upset and told this to my boss: “How about you accrue my transgressions until they reach a cumulative $50 and then I promise not to give you a bad time when you present me with your rejections of $50 worth of rejections.
    I am not exactly sure that there is the slightest connection to this issue, but what the hell!
    During ESPN’s Minnesota-Ohio State game Saturday, a graphic popped up listing top drivers in NASCAR’s point’s race, and analyst Chris Spielman asked where Montoya was. Griese replied he was “out having a taco.”
    Bob Griese was suspended one week after making what ESPN called “an inappropriate comment” about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who is Colombian.
    Griese did apologize on air twice.
    What would ESPN have done if Griese had said that Montoya was out getting a beer?
    What would ESPN have done if Griese had said that Montoya was out getting a pastrami sandwich?
    It is debatable to me that Griese had said something “questionable.”
    But good grief, what did ESPN accomplish when they suspended Griese.
    He apologized for what he said and ESPN, ABC, and The Walt Disney Company over reacted as far as I am concerned.
    I need to stop now and go out and eat some lox on a toasted bagel with cream cheese and onion with a Dr. Brown’s Diet Cream Soda.

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