I was going to use the word finally in the title considering this first got press on January 14th, but that would just be splitting hairs. ESPN in a response to the Catholic League has suspended our dear vodka drinker a week, and has now issued a statement on her behalf…..
“I am sorry. My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words. I also deeply regret the embarrassment I’ve caused ESPN and Mike and Mike.
“My actions at the roast were inappropriate and in no way represent who I am. I won’t make excuses for my behavior, but I do hope I can be forgiven for such a poor lack of judgment.”
I guess we don’t know exactly what she said but it seems odd to me she would call them “Notre Dame” remarks. I’m pretty sure the Catholic League wasn’t as upset as the “F-Notre Dame” comment but rather the “F-Jesus” that she may have let out. Either way it’s done with and people will most certainly forget about it in a few weeks or until someone else says something dumb. I’m with the majority of people that think context needs to be taken into account. It was a roast and worse things have been said in that forum (see: Lisa Lampanelli).
Here’s the video from Dana’s own show First Take in regards to her statement….
The best part of the video is that wasn’t what aired earlier during the live show. Michael Kim tried to go to the graphic with the quote, but it failed so he awkwardly moved on to an Alstott story.
It’s time to move on from this one, but not before I head to the airwaves to talk about it! I’ll be on Sporting News Radio with Matt Spiegel at 3:30 to discuss this whole fiasco and you can listen along if you please. Good times.