Griese apologizes for joke about Montoya

BY foxsports • October 25, 2009

ESPN analysts apparently can't stay out of the news this week.

During Saturday's broadcast of the Minnesota-Ohio State college football game, former NFL star turned ESPN commentator Bob Griese made a culturally insensitive comment about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya during a promo for Sunday's Tums 500 Sprint Cup Series race.

The exchange that led to the remark happened when a graphic was displayed with the top five in the standings and announcer Chris Spielman asked "Where's Juan Pablo Montoya?"

"He's out having a taco," Griese replied.

At halftime of ESPN's coverage of Florida-Mississippi State, Griese apologized again.

"Earlier today on our game I made an offensive comment regarding Juan Pablo Montoya as part of a NASCAR promo. It was regrettable and I should not have said it. I really enjoy NASCAR and I follow it closely and would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Juan, NASCAR and everyone else who heard my comment," he said.

Earlier this week, ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips admitted to having an affair with an assistant at the network and took a leave of absence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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