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Why did Bob Griese have to apologize for his taco remark?

By admin | October 24, 2009

By Richard Allen

During a NASCAR promo ad in the midst of the Ohio State vs. Minnesota college football game on Saturday Bob Griese made a comment that was apparently offensive to someone. Who? I don’t know, but apparently someone.

Someone was so offended that Griese felt the need to later apologize for the remark.

When asked where Juan Pablo Montoya was when a list of the top-5 in the Sprint Cup standings were shown on screen, Griese replied, “He’s out having a taco.”

How dare he! Wait a minute. Why was that offensive? Tacos are a traditional Mexican food according to at least two sources I found after doing a quick internet search. Montoya is Colombian, not Mexican.

If the apology came because there was fear of offense being taken due to some misunderstanding that Mexicans and Colombians are all the same because they speak a form of the same language or because both countries are located south of the U.S. border, then the biggest offense should have been taken by geography teachers such as myself.

Now, if the apology were made because Griese meant to imply that Montoya and his team were being outworked while they were spending all of their time at their favorite Mexican eatery rather than working on their car, that might have actually been offensive.

In this hyper-sensitive culture we now live in people feel the need to apologize for anything and everything, whether it is necessary or not. I have no idea whether or not Montoya likes tacos. It doesn’t matter because this remark was nothing to apologize for.

Had Griese been referring to some white southerner and said, “He’s probably off eating biscuits and gravy,” then I, as a white southerner, would not have been offended. No one should have been offended by Griese’s remark. I can’t speak for Montoya but if he was offended he needs to lighten up and so does anyone else who might’ve had a problem with the statement.

For the record I love tacos and was not bothered in the least by Griese’s comment, but was bothered by the fact that he, or someone at ABC, felt the need to apologize.

And another for the record, when the comment was made I was at my mother’s house…eating biscuits and gravy. I apologize to all southerners for offending you with my stereotypical actions.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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10 Responses to “Why did Bob Griese have to apologize for his taco remark?”

  1. Robert Eastman Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Welcome to the newer, kinder, gentler(?) paranoid world of control in Obama’s America where anything you say, can and will be used against you! Just a preview of things to come where “freedom of speech” will only be an “ancient theory,” outlawed by “hate-speech” legislation that turns any “politically incorrect” utterance into a crime!
    It’s not only NASCAR that’s turning vanilla, it’s everyone… everywhere!

  2. midasmicah Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    As a white “west coast” person, should I be offended when I get called “honky” or”gringo”? No I don’t, but for the sake of being politicly correct, some idiots (even those in control) believe we’re supposed to apologize for cracking jokes. Sure, it was a dumb comment to make, but this get idiotic in context. This is not a racial issue although some people have made it one. What happened to this country’s sense of humor? I’ll bet some people want to suspend Griese. Baaa! Get a life.

  3. Wayne Morgan Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Just another bone-head remark from a jock who took too msny shots in the head and doesn’t know much if anything about racing or the drivers who compete. You always know when a “sportscaster”makes a remark on something he is not aware of it is dribble.

  4. djones Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    More offensive would be if he said that Juan was out doing lines. I associate Columbia with cocaine rather than tacos.

  5. Magnum Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I love tacos.

    But there is no way I would have known this even happened if they hadn’t written an article about it.

    Hell, Juan Pablo Montoya probably wouldn’t have know about it had an article not been written and Greise hadn’t aoplogized.

  6. JR Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Maybe Griese was apologizing for not knowing the difference between a Colombian and a Mexican. In other words, apologising for his own stupidity. Of course, guys like Robert Eastman turned off Fox “News” just long enough to try and make this an Obama problem. If you want to know a part of what is wrong with our sport (and our country), it’s guys like Robert Eastman.

  7. Chad Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    He’s apologizing for being racist to save his job. Otherwise he wouldn’t care. Obviously someone nudged him and told him he had better apologize for that or you’re gonna get in trouble.

  8. SAM Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm


  9. LMawson Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    by the way,I beleive the word is “drivel”,not dribble..dribble is what you get coming down your chin when you’re having your biscuits and gravy!!..LOL!!

  10. Big Henry Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    A) JPM probably said “who?” I mean come on, who even knew he still had a job broadcasting?

    B) It simply shows how few people give a rat’s ass about NASCAR

    C) Ten bucks says Greise only saw the name Juan followed by two other names - must be Mexican, right Bob?

    An aside to trolls like the 1st poster: The man has only been in office 9 months…… It’s going to take a while to clean up the stinking mess W made there for the past 8yrs. What loss of freedoms are you talking about? Take your meds, okay? Sheesh, some people….