Al Michaels issued an apology after making a joke that compared the New York Giants’ struggles to Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations.
It happened during the “Sunday Night Football” game on NBC, when the 72-year-old announcer was talking about how the Giants were having a rough start in the 2017-2018 football season, as they sat 0-5 going into the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Denver. (RELATED: Ed Asner Asks Chris Jansing For Kiss During Weinstein Interview)
“I mean let’s face it…the Giants are coming off of a worst week than Harvey Weinstein, and they are up by 14 points,” Michaels shared.
In response, announcer Cris Collinsworth laughed and made a comment that only a commentator from Los Angeles would “come up with that one.”
“Only my L.A.. guy comes up with that one,” Collinsworth responded.
“Well, you know…all you have to do is read the papers, any paper,” Michaels explained.
The comments were quickly met with a backlash on social media, prompting the announcer to apologize later in the show.
“Sorry I made a reference earlier before, I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country,” Michaels shared. “It was not meant in that manner. So, my apologies. And we’ll just leave it at that.”
Al Michaels apologizes for his cringeworthy Harvey Weinstein joke — “Move on,” adds Cris Collingsworth pic.twitter.com/8XSYm2r8IY
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