NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels made a joke during Sunday Night Football that was in poor taste.

The New York Giants entered Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos as the NFL’s most disappointing team at 0-5, and are dealing with a number of injuries (as well as plenty of drama) that include a fractured ankle suffered by superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. last week.

Well, Michaels compared the Giants’ situation to the last week of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and that was a bad idea.

With the Giants leading the Broncos 17-3 in the third quarter, Michaels said, “The Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein, and they’re up by 14 points.”

Comparing the state of an NFL team to a guy that is being accused by dozens of women of sexual assualt and harassment in the entertainment industry understandably drew plenty of reaction on Twitter.

After the SNF broadcast came back from commercial early in the fourth quarter, Michaels apologized, saying he didn’t mean the Weinstein reference “in that manner”:

And his apology effort didn’t go over much better on Twitter:


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  • Keith P.

    The Twitter outrage machine strikes again. We have a mob mentality now about everything.

    • Deon Hamner

      Yep… When will the Jemele Hill critics tell Al Michaels to just stick to sports!

  • Shawn Rychling

    No need for Michaels to apologize. Screw the left

    • Deon Hamner

      But I bet you crying when Jemele Hill was speaking.. The hypocrisy…

      • Shawn Rychling

        Actually I wasn’t. I have absolutely no reason the listen to Jamele Hill no matter what she is saying

  • Jon

    You people are absolutely insufferable.

  • MrBull

    So Michaels went there..if he had used the name of Trump instead the liberal hypocrites would be popping off in support of Al….

    And remember the Oscar joke by Seth Macfarlene about Weinstein a couple years ago and everyone laughed, everyone in the audience and in Hollywood…so where was the twitter or online outrage over his joke?

    • Keith P.

      Exactly. Everyone in Hollywood knew exactly what they were dealing with for decades and still went along. In that context what Michaels said was appropriate.

      • Bryan Smith

        From everything I’ve read, it was an open secret. A lot of people in Hollywood knew what Weinstein was doing and said nothing. And now those folks are saying they are shocked and knew nothing about the situation to just to cover their own butts. I don’t know if this scandal ranks as bad as Penn State, but it’s up there.

  • Bryan Smith

    Look, Michaels made a mistake and he came back and apologized on air. Why can’t that just be the end of it?
    People blasted him for what he said. Fair enough, the comments were bad and offensive. And he apologized. But here’s my issue–the same folks come back later and blast Michaels’ apology, suggesting it wasn’t sincere. That’s not cool. Basically that’s rubbing his nose in it. I guess those people won’t be happy unless NBC fires Michaels and he dies penniless.
    We’re all human and we’ve all made stupid comments, things we would like to take back. Michaels was wrong and he apologized. Let’s move on.

  • Waaaambulance (Judge MVP)

    being offended by this is so 2017. get over it

  • Scott Fitzgerald

    ‘Outrage Culture’ strikes again.

  • OOS

    Don’t worry Al, we’ll probably all be outraged by someone else in the next 12 hours.

  • StoJa

    Oh, the fucking Twitter warriors. SO much noise coming from a medium that less than 1% of the world is actually a part of.