In a blog entry earlier this week (scroll down), I reported on ESPN/ABC football announcer Bob Griese’s comment last Saturday on Juan Pablo Montoya being "out having a taco" when another announcer asked why he was missing from a list of NASCAR’s top five Chase for the Championship drivers.
Griese apologized for the remark as the football game was going off the air and reportedly apologized again later.
ESPN, the employer, responded by suspending Griese from working football games this weekend. According to the Associated Press, the network has spoken to the former quarterback and "he understands the comment was inappropriate."
Good for ESPN.
Thursday, NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger was stopped near his home in Mooresville, N.C., and, following a roadside breath test, was charged with drunken driving.
NASCAR responded by putting Allmendinger on probation.
I suggest that if one person, Bob Griese, can be suspended a week for poor judgment in his use of words, A.J. Allmendinger should have been suspended a week for poor judgment in getting behind the wheel of his car after consuming enough alcohol to result in a criminal charge.
Probation doesn’t cut it, in this instance.