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ESPN Benches Bob Griese for 'Taco' Crack

10/26/2009 9:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Can anyone at ESPN keep a job? The network suspended Bob Griese today for a racist remark he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

While he was calling Saturday's Minnesota-Ohio State game, Griese made a crack about Montoya saying he was "out having a taco." Montoya is Colombian.

ESPN is yanking Griese off the air for one week, and a rep for the network says Griese "understands the comment was inappropriate."

Yesterday ESPN fired baseball analyst Steve Phillips after news broke of his sex scandal with a production assistant.

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1.

Sideways    

Suspended? That's mui ridiculoso. It was just a joke, and he apologize...

1633 days ago
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John Gonzales    

Lighten up everyone! Im Mexican and I didnt take that offensively.
Say whatever you want. You cant take my energy. I think it was kinda funny. Bring back the griese!

1633 days ago
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Amy    

Time for a Beer Summit.

1633 days ago
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peteee    

wow, i guess nobody can say anything anymore. i guess we live in a country of racists, and victims of racisim. well, since i am a conservative, i must be a racist.

1633 days ago
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stream    

Geez. Let's put this in perspective. MASCAR is affraid to alienate the latino audience and money... Otherwise why would anyone be so upset? It's just a verbal gaffe from a white gut that has been an upstanding citizen for decades... If you really want to get upset, how about getting irritated at all the illegal latinos commiting violent crimes on the rest of us? THAT should piss you off! How much beer do you think NASCAR sells to illegals at their events?

1633 days ago
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pam    

He should be fired.

1633 days ago
7.

RonBurgundy    

Grieses' liver is a stewing with cirrhosis.



1633 days ago
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ChrisM    

WOW, seriously? Fired???? So, if it had been an Italian dude, and he said he was off eating spaghetti he'd be fired? How about if it was a French dude and he said he was off eating pastries? What if it had been a German fella.... etc. etc. GOOD LORD! Are we this sensitive now? BUT hey, David Letterman still has his job. This world is insane!

1633 days ago
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Kelli    

OMG, do you think he would have been suspended if he had said...enter Italian sounding name here... he's off having a pizza? Of course not...Geez everyone needs to get a grip. It was a joke. If you didn't think it was funny, don't laugh. It's SO not worth getting offended over or suspended over!!!

1633 days ago
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ChrisM    

Re-read, suspended, not fired, but STILL absurd!

1633 days ago
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Maisy    

Amen ChrisM

1633 days ago
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M.P.    

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY oversensitive much, ESPN?

1633 days ago
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SS8 10    

By the grace of gods balls that is beyond stupid. Typical racial double standard. I am surpised good ol uber douche Al Sharpton isnt wetting the bed on this one. Oh thats right he only cares about black americans.

1633 days ago
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Cruz    

Get over it! I am...well I won't go there? When are we going to stop being soooooooo.....sensitive! Maybe if we were to laugh at each other more often without the undertones of...if I say this I'll have to apologize? Anyway we are a melting pot and the soup always tastes better with all the ingredients in unison.

1633 days ago
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R U Kidding    

We have reached the point where the only jokes that are acceptable are those about "white men"...OMG....

1633 days ago
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