Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So right when I'm finally getting some got confirmation that the comments listed on Deadspin were in fact dead on this falls in my lap. The Catholic League President Bill Donohue apparently hounded ESPN for a statement and he finally got one.
An email from Jacobson.....
A Catholic advocacy group charges the sports TV network ESPN has failed to respond properly to a graphic rant by anchorwoman Dana Jacobson in which she "attacked Jesus Christ."I don't know if I'd go as far as to say that she "attacked Jesus Christ", but seriously what runs through your mind when you're saying something like that in a public forum? I'm not condemning (mainly because I've said stupid s**t when I was drunk), but I'd really like an honest answer as to what she was thinking.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue said he pressed ESPN on the issue and received an e-mail with an unsatisfactory statement by Jacobson.
The statement said, in part, "My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words." Donohue contended the response "fails on several counts".
"It is obvious, then, that neither Jacobson nor ESPN is dealing with this matter in a professional way," Donohue declared. "To put this issue behind them, ESPN must deal with this issue quickly, publicly and fairly, something it has yet to do. After all, most Christians are yet unaware of this event, but once they learn of it, they are sure to demand accountability."
There's still no word on whether she was suspended or not, but considering the X-Games start this weekend (and she's scheduled to be there), they probably told her to take a long vacation over the Weekend to "think about what she's done".
ESPN anchorwoman: 'F--- Jesus': TV host taken to task for outburst at public event (World Net Daily)
(Thanks to Bruce for the link)
Update: Via TBL....
Sources have confirmed that Jacobson, a co-host of “First Take” on ESPN2, currently is serving a one-week suspension because of her behavior at a Jan. 11 roast for ESPN Radio personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic at Atlantic City, N.J. While declining to confirm Jacobson had been suspended, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said, “Her actions and comments were inappropriate and we’ve dealt with it.”So there you have it. I wonder if a week is enough for Bill Donahue? I'm guessing it's not.