It wasn’t too long ago that writer Jemele Hill was being suspended by ESPN for referencing Hitler in an article, but now they have another employee in hot water for referencing the German leader. That person, Lou Holtz, will actually not be disciplined at all according to College Football Talk.
Holtz, who when referring to Rich Rodriguez said “Ya know, Hitler was a great leader too,” issued an on-air apology and apparently that was enough for the brass at ESPN….
A source at ESPN tells me that the Worldwide Leader does not plan to discipline college football analyst Lou Holtz for saying, “Hitler was a great leader, too.”
Per the source, ESPN considers Holtz’s on-air apology to be sufficient.
Of course, it’s still possible that ESPN will reconsider, especially if it gets complaints from advertisers. But for now, it appears that Holtz will not be suspended.
“Last night while trying to make a point about leadership, I made an unfortunate reference. It was a mistake and I sincerely apologize. At the time, I tried to clarify my remarks. I’m not sure I adequately did so. I appreciate your understanding.”- Lou Holtz
I just really don’t understand ESPN’s suspension policy. There has always appeared to be a double standards of sorts, and I think this just proves the thoughts that most people have had about the network for awhile. Just because he’s a kooky old man, doesn’t mean that Holtz shouldn’t be forced to take time off as well, and I’d be upset if I was Jemele Hill. Both were making just a bad attempt at a joke, but only one is getting suspended. You can draw your own conclusions there.
ESPN Plans No Discipline For Holtz Hitler Comment (College Football Talk)