Bonnie Bernstein Is In A Bit Of Hot Water Over Comments On Mike And Mike

Saturday, June 28, 2008

You've most undoubtedly read about Bonnie's comments comparing AAU players in America to Suicide Bombers in Palestine, but I hadn't seen the video anywhere so here it is. Bonnie is talking about incoming Arizona Freshman possibly skipping College and playing overseas when she goes into the analogy....

The worst part about the whole thing is not only the idiotic comparison, but the fact that she says, "I'm not making the comparison." Well yeah you are and you just did. Also, if you have to preface something by saying, "we live in a hyper-sensitive society", you should probably just not say what you're thinking.

Bonnie has since apologized and Fanhouse has the transcript...
"Hi, this is Bonnie Bernstein, and I'd just like to take a minute to apologize for making a connection this morning on Mike and Mike between Palestinians and the adults who influence the thinking of many young NBA prospects. I was a student athlete who was lucky enough to have part of my college expenses paid for by a scholarship, and so I've always embraced the importance of higher education.

That said, it upsets me greatly -- as I think you can tell, if you heard the interview -- when I hear about adults telling impressionable kids, 'Don't worry about school, your future is in the NBA.' These stories just lend credence to the notion one is often a product of his environment, and while I emphasized that twice during our discussion, in hindsight I realize it was simply a mistake to bring Palestine into the discussion at all, and for that, I apologize again.

Lesson learned: Religion and politics have no place on public airwaves at a sports network. That's definitely a credo I will live by from this point forward. Thanks and have a great day."
We can't even go a week now with stupid comments like this happening. How crazy is that? Just stop religion, no race, and no gender talk. It will never come out good.

ESPN's Bonnie Bernstein Says Palestinian Kids Want to Be Suicide Bombers, Apologizes (Fanhouse)


Watched it live when she said it thinking the same thing that "You ARE making that comparison". Next time, someone should do the exact same thing, knowing someone will be offended and NOT apologize. If you are willing to say those kinds of things on-air, stand by them even if it means shuttling from one job to the next.

cmr said...
Jun 28, 2008, 2:35:00 PM  

Bonnie should have taken her cue from Justin Gimelstob and sent an undisclosed amount to some charity along with her apology. That would smooth bad comments over, right?

Anonymous said...
Jun 28, 2008, 2:44:00 PM  

Bonnie unprofessionally added a negative opinion towards Don Imus about his pacman jones comment on NFL Life last week. She gave out a deliberate "ugh" after they played a heavily edited version of Imus explaining his comment, taking out him saying pacman shouldnt of been arrested all those times and this country has a problem with arresting young black men for no reason. Then she added in another opinion before going to break.

She is just like Jemelle Hill and Al Roker. Those three are as bad as any racists and they believe that only WASPS and black people have earned the right to be respected.

Anonymous said...
Jun 28, 2008, 2:49:00 PM  

The Hoover should stick to what she knows best.

odessasteps said...
Jun 28, 2008, 3:01:00 PM  

This is what you get when you have a 24-hour news cycle. When you're asked to fill 24 straight hours on ESPN, CNN, Fox News, and on the radio... you're going to get lousy opinions and lousy talk like this b/c there's not 24-hours worth of talk to fill.

Anonymous said...
Jun 28, 2008, 3:39:00 PM  

I just cringed in the car when she started down that path...nothing good was going to come from it. No secret she is Jewish, that alone is reason to stay away from it. That said,through the years she has been down to earth, likable with little virtually no controversy.

Unknown said...
Jun 28, 2008, 5:04:00 PM  

It was a dumb comparison, but not worth all this commotion. These people (reporters, commentators, analysts, etc.) are in front of cameras every day -- they are bound to say something foolish in an attempt to make their pieces more interesting. We all say stupid things, most of us just don't have those things broadcast to the western world.

I'm so tired of overreactions to comments like this one.

Walton's Wisdom said...
Jun 28, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

I tend to agree but it's just stupid to even go down the road WW. The big hubabaloo was that she used Palestinians as an examples, but she was ultimately just referring to an article she read.

It was just a stupid comparison.

Jun 28, 2008, 7:01:00 PM  

"That said,through the years she has been down to earth, likable with little virtually no controversy."

except of course for the whole "sleeping with an NFL head coach" rumor which preceded her leaving CBS.

odessasteps said...
Jun 28, 2008, 7:53:00 PM  

I could not careless. Oh look a comment we should all be offended about.

Zabka said...
Jun 28, 2008, 8:28:00 PM  

Bonnie Bernstein did nothing wrong. What's wrong is the United States society who is way too sensitive. These are the kind of things that make me embarassed to be an American. Bonnie Bernstein is the best sideline reporter in this country and she should be given a little more respect. Love you Bonnie.

Anonymous said...
Jun 28, 2008, 8:40:00 PM  

I think she's kind of right. People who get kids to focus on basketball instead of academics are bad. The comparison isn't quite there, and it's dumb to make a comparison at the same time that you say you're not making it, but her actual point was correct.

Anonymous said...
Jun 28, 2008, 9:38:00 PM  

Al Roker? Do you mean Al Sharpton? Never heard Al Roker get on a bandwagon about racial issues.

Anonymous said...
Jun 29, 2008, 12:51:00 AM  

Verbal gymnastics from a collegiate gymnast? Go figure.

Anonymous said...
Jun 29, 2008, 3:56:00 AM  

I do agree in this age of 24/7 yakking its impossible for any of them to not say anything stupid. That being said, sometimes the things that are said are stupid with a capital "S." This was one of them. You can understand some of the stuff that "gets away" from folks in the broadcast biz, but I can't comprehend how she went down this road. As for her not being controversial in the past, you really are only as good as...or judged by...your last broadcast or comment in this world - not my rules - that's just the way it is. Same for anyone else in the workplace...what have you done for me today...years of quality service are now tossed out the window when someone crosses the "latest line." Her apology will suffice, but clearly she's on "double probation" from here on out...that's just life.

Sportsattitude said...
Jun 29, 2008, 8:53:00 AM  

It's not a comparison. It's an analogy.

Zabka said...
Jun 29, 2008, 10:36:00 AM  
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Brendan said...
Jun 29, 2008, 1:14:00 PM  

I thought her point was salient enough -- that student athletes are immersed in sports to the neglect of academics -- that such an out of left field analogy was ridiculous on its face. You saw her pause for a moment and her expression seemed to say "Is this really where I want to go with this?" And then she did.

Something tells me commentators and talk hosts are beginning to do this on purpose to get their names out there. I'm not the biggest devotee of M&M but I listen from time to time and I'd sure never heard of Bonnie Bernstein, but I know who she is now.

Brendan said...
Jun 29, 2008, 1:17:00 PM  

I'm more offended she left out the phrase 'towel head' from her analysis.

Anonymous said...
Jun 29, 2008, 1:26:00 PM  

Brendan, if you have never heard of Bonnie Bernstein before this then you don't watch much football.

Zabka said...
Jun 29, 2008, 1:38:00 PM  

Terrific commentary from Zabka: I dont' care; It's not a comparison, it's an analogy (which says that two things are similar); BB is famous. A lot of wisdom.

Anonymous said...
Jun 29, 2008, 3:39:00 PM  

Bonnie Bernstein is hot. She can say whatever she wants as far as I care.

Anonymous said...
Jun 29, 2008, 9:53:00 PM  

Happily, the clowns who foisted 'political correctness' upon us years ago by being 'slighted' at every little mention of every little thing are realizing now that this stuff cuts both ways. Best T-shirt: 'Your political correctness offends me.'

Chris said...
Jun 30, 2008, 10:08:00 AM  

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