Did Kornheiser Say Something Racist On “MNF”?

Late in last night’s thrilling MNF game between the Cowboys and Eagles, Tony Kornheiser took some time to apologize for something he said earlier in the broadcast, without referencing it directly. He said he was sorry for his “mistake” and says it wasn’t the first and won’t be the last one he’ll make.

Tony Kornheiser

But what the heck did he say? I was watching all night and hadn’t really noticed anything. Later I came to find that the offending comments were an off-the-cuff attempt at humor that Tony made after the audio had been switched briefly to the ESPN Deportes booth (while showing a replay of the kick-return TD by Felix Jones). But was it really racist? It wasn’t funny, but I’m kind of confused otherwise.

(Video of potential political incorrectness after the jump.)


“I took high school Spanish, either he said he’s not going to be caught, or please pick up my dry cleaning tomorrow.”

So, is he saying the Latino announcer is picking up dry cleaning? Or doing the dry cleaning? Or is he just insinuating that the guy has dry cleaning that needs to be picked up by someone? But why would it be weird for a guy who speaks Spanish to be asking for that to be done in Spanish? And isn’t dry cleaning more stereotypically associated with a different ethnicity? Is there something wrong about a Latino guy saying this while watching an African-American guy run?

Whatever it was, Kornheiser felt it was necessary (or was told it was necessary) to apologize for it. Maybe he’s just sorry for his dreadful shtick that’s continually weighing down the broadcast.

Luckily, I’m not the only one who has no idea what’s going on. When you’re baffling the fine folks at OFFSHOREINSIDERS.COM, there’s no way anyone can decode your logic:

As everyone at OffshoreInsiders.com is trying to figure out what politically incorrect statement Tony Kornheiser has to apologize for—yet doesn’t have to apologize for bringing up Andy Reid’s sons legal problems… All we know is it had something to do with Mexican Independence day, which is not Cinco de Mayo.

Are dry cleaners a big part of Mexican Independence Day? Was Mexico founded by dry cleaners? Were they doing one-hour martinizing at the Alamo? Somebody help me out with this.