ESPN decided to suspend college football analyst Bob Griese for a week based on an off-handed comment he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya during last Saturday’s Minnesota-Ohio State telecast.
A graphic was shown during the game showing the top five drivers in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup. Analyst Chris Spielman asked where Montoya was.
Griese replied that Montoya was “out having a taco.”
Montoya is a native of Columbia, not Mexico. And Griese apologized at the end of the game, as well as later in the day Saturday.
And the joke wasn’t even that funny. But was it offensive?
Steve Lyons was not available for comment.
Griese, 64, who has been with ABC and ESPN only since 1986 with no prior disgressions or stupid jokes, was scheduled to do Saturday’s Miami-Wake Forest telecast.