Griese was forced to apologize at the end of his Minnesota-Ohio State telecast on Saturday and then again during halftime of ESPN’s Mississippi State-Florida.
Montoya’s response when asked by reporters was, “I don’t really care to tell you the truth.”
Based on Griese’s apologies, and Montoya’s non-response, I think ESPN went overboard in suspending the guy. I certainly don’t think there was malice in his initial comment, more a reflexive reaction based on the generation Griese grew up in.
I’m not saying that excuses the comment. I do think an apology was due, and a reprimand by ESPN. But taking the guy off the telecast seems a little too harsh in this instance.
Griese is now one of ESPN/ABC’s lesser broadcasting lights. If this were Brent Musburger or Al Michaels, do you think they would’ve been suspended? Perhaps this is a convenient way for ESPN to make a strong statement without harming the stature of a weekly broadcast. I doubt most people will notice Griese is gone.