An ESPN announcer is apologizing after joking that Colombian-born NASCAR racer Juan Pablo Montoya was "out having a taco."
During a promo for NASCAR that highlighted the top five drivers, ESPN analyst Bob Griese responded to Chris Spielman's query, "Where's Juan Pablo Montoya?"
"He's out having a taco," said Griese.
A taco? A taco?
As Seth Meyers would say on “Saturday Night Live, “Really? Really?!”
Why couldn’t he have said an empanada? Or Ajiaco stew?
Not many tacos in Colombia. I guess some people may have not gotten the intent of the joke, but I think we should raise the bar a little bit on the humor scale. There are plenty of other ways to poke fun at Colombian stereotypes that you don’t have to go steal them from other countries.
Griese later apologized.
Montoya didn’t think twice about the comment. He played along.
"I don't really care, to tell you the truth," Montoya said. "Yeah, I don't. I could say I spent the last three hours eating tacos, but I was actually driving a car. But that's OK, I don't care."
I’m sure he’s heard much worse and will continue to do so.
Update: Griese has been suspended for one game for the remark towards Montoya, network officials confirmed Monday. Click here for the story.
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