Notre Dame Radio Analyst Suspended After 'Criminals' Comment
The Irish's IMG Radio Network made the decision following Pinkett's rant about how criminals make teams better, and "that's how Ohio State used to win all the time."
A bit strange, yes, but nothing worth losing a job over. People have said worse things on air (cough, cough, Lee Corso) and audiences forget.
"Allen has done a great job for the Notre Dame IMG Radio Network over the past four years, has a supportive fan base, and most importantly, has expressed deep heartfelt remorse for his choice of words, which were not in the spirit of college athletics," the network said in a statement.
"After careful deliberation and thorough discussion, we believe the right decision is to allow a truly repentant Allen Pinkett an opportunity to return to the booth beginning with the fourth game of the college football season."
It was a ridiculous thing to say and an even worse time to say it with "criminals" suspended such as quarterback Tommy Rees defensive end Justin Utupo, and running back Cierre Wood.
Whether he truly meant it or not is uncertain. If he did, shame on him. If he didn't, he's imprudent.
But we'll move on.
"I love this school as much as I love my kids and would never want to compromise the ethics and morals of my alma mater, Notre Dame," Pinkett said in a statement on Tuesday. "I would again like to offer my most sincere and heartfelt apology to all those affected by my inappropriate comments, particularly the university, the school's hard-working and courageous student athletes, all Fighting Irish fans and team supporters, our friends at The Ohio State University, and my colleagues at IMG Notre Dame Radio Network."
Pinkett's absence will last through the next two football games against Purdue and Michigan. He was pulled before the start of the Navy game.
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