Mike Parker, the radio voice of Oregon State sports for the last 12 years and a five-time state broadcaster of the year winner, offered a tearful apology this week to the school and his broadcast employers for a YouTube video that has circulated showing him so intoxicated at a West Hollywood Denny’s restaurant back in February that he eats a napkin before nearly passing out.
The video, posted in two parts lasting more than five minutes by a group of diners who are laughing at Parker the entire time, appeared in February when OSU was in L.A. to face UCLA and USC in basketball.
“I’m deeply ashamed for putting myself in a position,” the 52-year-old said. “To be in that kind of state, and so obviously terribly impaired from the alcohol that I could not be aware of what I was doing, is very frightening. It’s embarrassing, it’s shameful, it’s humiliating.”
The school said it would keep Parker employed while he seeks treatment.
The video was shot without his knowledge, and Parker told KGW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore., that bears no ill will to the people who posted the video.