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Old 11-01-2006, 03:04 AM
Louis Cypher Louis Cypher is offline
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By ANDREW LOGUE
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
October 31, 2006

An announcer for ESPNU has been taken off the air due to a comment he made during Saturday's telecast of the Iowa-Northern Illinois football game.

Brian Kinchen, a color commentator, will not work a game this weekend, according to Josh Krulewitz, ESPN's vice-president of public relations.

Krulewitz told The Des Moines Register Monday night that the network made its decision after an internal review.

On Saturday, Kinchen was explaining to a television audience that receivers need to make catches with their hands because they are "tender" and can "caress" the ball. He then paused and said, "that's kind of gay, but hey ..."

"The comments were inappropriate, and we apologize," Krulewitz said Monday. "He will not appear on our air this weekend, and his future appearance schedule is under review."

Kinchen, a former tight end who played in the NFL from 1988-00, issued a statement through ESPN: "I sincerely apologize for my extremely poor choice of words.

"They were completely inappropriate and not at all a reflection of who I am or of the way I perform my work," Kinchen was quoted. "I have learned from my mistake and look forward to continuing my broadcasting career."

ESPNU, a cable channel which was launched last year, has the potential to reach nearly 8 million viewers, Krulewitz said.

There was a pause after Kinchen's remark before the play-by-play announcer turned the conversation back to the game.

Iowa won 24-14.
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Old 11-01-2006, 03:14 AM
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Kind of a gay decision by ESPN
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Old 11-01-2006, 07:17 AM
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Good grief political correctness is geting out of control in america.
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Old 11-01-2006, 11:59 AM
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You are becoming the same way as the UK
Every little comment which could offend is analyzed and the culprit fired
Pathetic.
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:45 PM
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wtf... faggots
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:11 PM
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that is kinda faggy....
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:14 PM
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Homo says what?
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:26 PM
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its an ugly planet. it's a fag planet.
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Old 11-01-2006, 08:12 PM
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Nino ..

Obviously. A fag probably complained about the remark, and they apparently have enuff juice (no pun intended) to get the poor guy fired.

That's scary, and because of it your statement rings true ....
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