ESPN college football analyst and NFL Hall of Famer Bob Griese has been suspended one week by the network after a remark he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.
During Saturday's Ohio State-Minnesota game, ESPN ran a NASCAR graphic and co-analyst Chris Spielman wondered where Montoya was, since his name was not in the Top 5 in points standings, causing Griese to say:
He's was "out having a taco."
I had the game on, heard the comment and immediately knew that Griese was in trouble. He apologized twice during the broadcast and ESPN issued a release disapproving of his comment. Montoya is from Colombia, while tacos are Mexican, but to Griese they all must look and eat alike.
It was a dumb and stereotypical thing for him to utter and a week off sounds right. Broadcasters need to learn that ANY attempted joke with an ethnic bent is just asking for trouble and should resist the urge.
Video of Griese comment and apology: