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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Does anti-discrimination law require ESPN to suspend Lou Holtz over "Hitler" comments?

As I was trying to set up my TiVo to record last night's Hawai`i-Boise State game, I was, as most ESPN viewers at the time likely were, shocked to hear Lou Holtz observe, "Hitler was a great leader too." Holtz was commenting on Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez; his comments clearly upset co-hosts Rece Davis and Mark May. Davis immediately tried to explain away the comments--"by which you mean, of course..."--or something of that nature; and Mark May's sideways glance was a bit more wide-eyed than usual.

Pat at Fan IQ writes that there "HAD to be a better analogy." Deadspin covers the slip here, and suggests that Holtz may be "taking some time off." Holtz has already had to issue one on-air apology this week for his anti-Colt McCoy tirade, and another mea culpa is surely in the works.

A few months back, columnist Jemele Hill was suspended after comparing the Boston Celtics to the evil Nazi leader. If the network treats Holtz any differently, Hill should definitely contact an employment discrimination lawyer.


I don't know anyone who would like the comment, but can you elaborate a bit more on the law you are referring to?

Anonymous Anonymous -- 10/18/2008 8:53 AM  

This is dumb. I am far from a fan of Holtz but the man said he was a "great leader", which he was. Saying Hitler wasn't a great leader is just not looking at the facts. His beliefs were hellbent on cruel intentions, but to say he was not a leader is just being blind.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 10/19/2008 1:52 AM  

Holtz isn't under fire for simply saying that Hitler was a "great leader." Holtz's problem is that he was impliedly comparing Rich Rodriguez to Hitler.

Blogger Michael -- 10/21/2008 6:52 PM  

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