Gus Johnson had only just gotten over Brandon Stokley’s deflected TD reception against the Bengals when a controversy arose surrounding his interesting choice of words during the Jaguars-Titans game on Sunday. In calling a Chris Johnson touchdown run, Gus said that the Titans running back had “getting-away-from-the-cops speed!” Whoops.
Gus Johnson is very sorry, kind of. And he said so today, in one of the most striking non-apology apologies in the history of anything. In fact, the apology was so hollow, there was an audible echo. He shouldn’t have bothered, really, except that in saying something, at least he was acknowledging the controversy.
(Wait, isn’t it the Bengals who are usually running from the cops?)
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Gus Johnson gave this statement about the comment to USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand:
“If there is a perception of racism in this analogy, it is not coming from me. People of all races have run from the law. However, to those who are offended, I apologize.”
CBS can’t be happy with that tepid attempt. In fact, the only one who can be satisfied is Bob Griese. At least the pressure’s off him for a bit.