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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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46.

Danielle    

Campy...love it. lol

1722 days ago
47.

harrison    

how pathetic. this is politically correct nonsense, hombre. next thing we won't be able to hassle oprah about her penchant for southern fried chicken.

1722 days ago
48.

Danielle    

Steve, grow a pair. What a douche.

1722 days ago
49.

Malena    

Montoya is not "Columbian", he's Colombian... hahaha... morons!
Maybe if he said he was out for an arepa instead of a taco, even Montoya would've laughed!
I think the comment was unnecessary... Griese maybe felt the need to say something and came up saying something dumb... my guess is that he was suspended for that (moronic comment) rather than for being racist.

1722 days ago
50.

Jenny    

anybody who isn't white is always hatin on us!! can't say anything nowadays without people getting offended. when do white people ever get racially offended? never because we don't let is bother us :)

1722 days ago
51.

Non Partisan Hack    

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

Um... note to Bill Clinton, any number of Senators, Governors, etc... you're all lucky you work for the Government and not ESPN. What is wrong with our Country?

I love the US, and I think there's roughly 320 million others who would agree that something isnt right.

1722 days ago
52.

He's just another Idiot    

I think old, cranky, ugly, unfunny David Letterman should be fired. Not because he was having sex with his staff (so they could keep their jobs) but because he has such bad taste in women. The situation with the ESPN announcer and the Taco is the most stupid thing I have ever heard. It's called Freedom of Speech, morons. Ever since Dictator Obama was elected, our country is getting more and more divided. Maybe if Obama was impeached, we could get our Freedoms back.

1722 days ago
53.

Tonya    

He could've of said the same thing about a fat guy and no one would have made a comment about that... yep...lighten up people!

1722 days ago
54.

Riley    

Jesus Christ! Is EVERYTHING so offensive?

I'm of Swedish descent. Should I be pissed off every time the Swedish Cook does his stupid accent on the Muppets?

At what point do we just chalk it up to the fact that Griese is from a different generation that wasn't always PC about what they joked about...

Calm the f down ESPN.

1722 days ago
55.

marky spark    

How about getting, oh, lets see, Kanye West banned for saying something about a guy winding up with a "white girl" in his crappy song "gold digger"? Tell me the difference. It is a stereotype that a successful black artist winds up with white women once he makes it big. Just like its a stereotype that latinos eat tacos. Ya dig?

1722 days ago
56.

camaguey    

Oh no! Out of a job?!!? How will keep his beautiful hair in that homemade dye!?? Here is to Senor Griese: HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAAH!!!

1722 days ago
57.

Ben    

51. Why does everyone bend so far over backwards to please mexicans? You aren't allowed to utter a single word against anyone darker than you. Why is that? If anybody makes jokes about whitey, hey, that's perfectly OK.

Posted at 11:39PM on Oct 26th 2009 by bookerb

Not me, bad enough I have to give them half of my paycheck each month, and I agree; bash on 'whitey' and the whole world just laughs it off.

1722 days ago
58.

Geez    

This is what happens when we, the other latino's, are clumped in with Mexicans, the white people think we ALL eat or make taco's. Things are nasty.

And this is really an example of white men being very threatened by non-threatening things.

1722 days ago
59.

Ken    

No sense of humor in this world anymore. By the way, was he really eating a taco?

1722 days ago
60.

SEEOLGI    

I feel so sorry for Bob Griese's IGNORANCE as for everyone w/ their comments.
NASCAR'S DRIVER JUAN PABLO MONTOYA IS COLOMBIAN NOT MEXICAN...TACOS ARE MEXICAN...HIS LITTLE REMAK BACKFIRED.
HIS REMARK WAS NOT RACISTS...IT WAS IGNORANT AND FOR THAT HE SHOULD BE FIRED.
I personally don't think Juan Pablo was offended...because we do not eat tacos in COLOMBIA.

1721 days ago
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