Phil Jackson Apologizes For His Brokeback Mountain Comments

PHIL SAYS HE’S SORRY, DOESN’T WANT ANY HORSE HATE: Phil Jackson cowboyed up Wednesday, and apologized for his post-game comments from the night before:

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HOOPS WORLD reports that the Lakers coach lamented the remarks he made Tuesday after LA’s loss to San Antonio. Jackson had said the game was like “Brokeback Mountain”, “because there’s so much penetration and kickouts.”After getting scolded by the NBA, Phil relented on his choice of movie comparison, sincerely saying, “If I’ve offended any horses, Texans, cowboys or gays, I apologize.”

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Jackson also acknowledged those who did get a chuckle: “I want to thank all the TV people and journalists who thought it was humorous in the moment.”But he added, “When you take it out of context, it wasn’t funny. It’s a poor attempt at humor and I deserve to be reprimanded by the NBA.”

Jackson further commented that he thinks he should stick to his day job, and let Jay Leno or David Letterman handle the late-night comedy.

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Or even Frank TV!

Baltimore Fans in Huff Over Orioles Outfielder Comments About City Nightlife

ORIOLES FANS IN HUFF OVER AUBREY’S BALTIMORE BASH: Aubrey Huff blames “a slow news day” for the uproar over his recent comments about Baltimore:

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The BALTIMORE SUN reports that fans are upset at the Orioles outfielder for his choice of words during a radio show appearance.Huff was on the Bubba The Love Sponge Show, when he was comparing his current city’s nightlife with that in Tampa, one of his previous baseball stops.

I said Baltimore was horsesh** for that. After games, places are closed down. There’s no place to go.”

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Aubrey doesn’t understand why O’s fans would get in a, *ahem*, huff over his comments.”I said it in such passing, so quickly, and it was gone. I didn’t say the city itself was horsesh**. The next day, my buddy called me and said people were livid. I said, ‘No way! It must be a slow news day in Baltimore.’ I walked out of there saying it was a good show. I kept it pretty clean.”

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Huff did clarify a little bit, saying how he “love(s) the ballpark, the organization, the guys on the team.” But he feels there’s no need for backtracking or offering any huge public apology.”If what I said is a big deal, so be it….If people think I offended them, I can apologize, but I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong.”

Barry Melrose Backs Down From Statements About Newark Arena

BM DESERVES SALUTE FOR NOT BACKING DOWN (OH, WAIT): We want to issue a hearty salute to Barry Melrose for speaking the truth about Newark, NJ, last week. His assessment of the war zone that envelopes the city’s new arena, Prudential Center, was absolutely spot-on. We visited the site before PC’s official opening a couple months back and were appalled by the frightening blight of the nearby neighborhood.

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Melrose’s statements are once again an example of ESPN’s unwavering attention to detail and willingness to stand up for the truth - which is the brick and mortar of what has built an unrivaled sports reportage empire.

Just because Melrose had never visited the arena when he made his statements about the building and environs doesn’t mean that he lacks credibility. Nor does his backpedaling today from his remarks faster than the guy landing planes at nearby Newark airport diminish his journalistic standing in our eyes.UPDATE: Moments after we posted this entry, the video of Melrose slamming Newark (linked above) suddenly became “unavailable”. Here’s a screen grab of the original SbB post:

Barry Melrose Screen Shot

We’re sure this is a complete coincidence. Or Colin Cowherd’s AM radio show, in which he regales us daily about grocery shopping, is draining too much of the mothership’s bandwidth.