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Bob Griese, ESPN analyst and two-time Superbowl winning quarterback with the Miami Dolphins, has been suspended for one week following an inappropriate comment he made during a live college football broadcast last Saturday. After showing a graphic of the top five drivers currently vying for the points lead in NASCAR competition, Griese commented that Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who's not currently in the top five, was "out having a taco."
Shortly after making the remark, Griese apologized on air, and he did so again at the closing of the broadcast. According to ESPN, the college football analyst "understands the comment was inappropriate." For his part, Montoya didn't seem to rattled by the remark, responding that he had never heard of Griese in the first place.

Incidentally, the Ohio State Buckeyes went on to crush the Minnesota Golden Gophers 38-7.

[Source: The Associated Press via Google | Image: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the big deal?

      What if they said some white American dude was out having a burger? Should I be offended by that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JayC if he said during a NASCAR broadcast they'd cheer and agree actually.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As McDonald's has successfully opened numerous franchises through out the world, the "hamburger" has long been viewed more than just American food.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are we to equate tacos with white trash?

        Have Columbians been an oppressed minority? Are we only supposed to be sensitive about people who look sorta like some group that may have been an oppressed minority?
        • 5 Years Ago
        This whole double-standard PC crap irritates me.

        Say derrogatory stuff about Hispanics and you are insensitive and should be punished. Say derrogatory remarks about Southerners and call them Rednecks and you are funny and this is to be encouraged.

        Say derrogatory stuff about Muslims, you are insensitive. But, say derrogatory stuff about Catholics and it's funny and to be encouraged.

        Seems pretty lame and not very open-minded to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Historically, white American males as a group have never been an oppressed minority, so it's not a valid comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they said that a white American were white trash would he/she be offended? YES.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you're kidding , right...?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The issue here is that he was referring to generic Hispanics as “Mexican,” a group that gets a significant amount of stigma.

        To all those saying to lighten up, would it have been ok if he had stated that a black driver (I know, this is NASCAR) was out eating fried chicken???
      • 5 Years Ago
      JPM is Columbian, and they don't watch American football there (or anywhere else for that matter).
      I think we are going way overboard in being politically correct, it's silly. Obviously we do not want to offend anybody, but it seems nowadays everybody has become hyper-sensitive. Even a hint of stereotyping is seen offensive. For god's sake loosen up, a little joke shouldn't be blown out of proportion...
      • 5 Years Ago
      hahah that is funny !
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, if it was a hamburger it would be OK?
        • 5 Years Ago
        YES.

        Most races I watch have the drivers racing & collect points. Obviously if they don't finish they lose points towards their championship. Most LOSE points due to:

        (A) crashing on their own.
        (B) a competitor crashes them.
        (C) pit crew error
        (D) a mechanical issue causing a DNF.

        Can't remember a DNF caused by a strong desire to go to Taco Bell (or any food related craving). Griese's lack of racing knowledge & assumption that Montoya was Mexican was the two reasons he should have just stayed quiet & stuck to football.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would he be suspended if he made a joke about Tom Brady and clam chowder? I think not...

      If anything, he should be suspended for his stupidity in the whole Colombia/Mexico thing instead of anything "inappropriate".

      Next thing you know, he'll be going to rehab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and zee german driver was out having a bratwurst with sauerkraut
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is not a slur, its most likely accurate (as these foods are GERMAN)!!! Tacos are Mexican & JPM is Columbian. He's sponsored by TARGET not Taco Bell.

        Joker: Tom Brady eating New England clam chowder also makes sense. Randy Moss eating it does as well, as its a regional cuisine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He could just have said, his skills were lacking or that he just sucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, this guy ACTUALLY says something racist and he is only suspended.

      Another person says something about the media...and is fired.

      Interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was a stupid thing for Griese to say; and he obviously had no idea that JPM is Colombian. He may have been trying to make a joke, but it was still stupid. Anyway, Griese has apologized, so let's move on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Storm in a teacup in a insanely PC world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does he get his hair to look like a solid piece of plastic like that? Reminds me of those DEVO plastic wigs from the early eighties.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's where guys like Griese keep their ethnic ignorance (including deflector shield)
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a Hispanic myself, the only part that isn't funny is that he decided to group all hispanics as Mexican...or, at least, that's the impression he gives off.

      Instead of saying Lewis Hamilton is 'out having fried chicken', the equivalent would be more like he's 'out in Uganda boiling pygmies'. or saying a korean is 'out having chow mein next to the great wall'.

      in other words, piling a diverse group into one stereotype.

      It's not something that gets me mad/irate, but it wouldn't be something i'd find all that funny if they said the same thing about me, being from Peru, and turning me into a Mexican. Montoya himself, living in Europe for so much of his life (and having a life way too busy to watch TV), probably wouldn't understand the joke all that well anyways, as it's exclusively rooted in US culture.
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