Derogatory Language Equals Bad Times, Unless……..

by William Teach | October 29, 2009 8:58 am

Food for thought #1

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson[1] issued his second apology in 12 months Tuesday and was told to stay away from the team while the NFL and the Chiefs complete their investigation into his use of a gay slur.

As Johnson was releasing his apology, a national gay rights advocacy organization called on the league and the team to take disciplinary action against the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

#2

ESPN broadcaster Bob Griese[2] has been suspended for one week for a remark he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Griese would not be working a college football game this week. Krulewitz said ESPN has spoken to Griese and “he understands the comment was inappropriate.”

During ESPN’s coverage of the Minnesota-Ohio State game on Saturday, a graphic was shown listing the top five drivers in NASCAR’s points race. Fellow analyst Chris Spielman asked: Where was Montoya?

Griese replied, “Out having a taco.”

#3

Pauline Howe, 67[3], a committed Christian, was questioned by two police officers after she wrote a letter to Norwich City Council about its decision to allow the march.

She wrote: “It is shameful that this small, but vociferous lobby should be allowed such a display unwarranted by the minimal number of homosexuals.”

#4

Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson[4] issued a written apology Tuesday evening for a comment for a month-old comment that has stirred controversy on Capitol Hill in recent days.

During a September radio interview, Grayson called Linda Robertson, an aide to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who has also worked as a lobbyist, a “K Street whore.”

Hmm, that’s weird, the last one has no consequences, despite being a supposed elected public official. Imagine had he been a Republican. Good thing he didn’t use a gay or racial slur[5], he might have been in big trouble.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove[6]

Endnotes:
  1. Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/12430193
  2. ESPN broadcaster Bob Griese: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20091027_Sports_in_Brief__ESPN_s_Griese_is_suspended.html
  3. Pauline Howe, 67: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/6431831/Hate-crime-grandmother-considers-suing.html
  4. Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/10/27/grayson-apologizes-for-whore-comment/
  5. gay or racial slur: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/10/620000629/1
  6. Pirate’s Cove: http://www.thepiratescove.us

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