Video: ESPN Mike Greenberg Says Martin Luther “Coon” instead of “King” On Air

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Mike Greenberg needs to address this immediately and not just with an apology, but an explanation of how it happened.

Words like “Coon” are not the type that usually just “slip out”.

Nothing in Greenberg’s history shows that he intentionally meant to do it, but an explanation and apology is needed and it is needed immediately. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He appears to be a very nice guy and there has never been any hint of controversy surrounding him to my knowledge.

So an apology would be enough for me.

Someone made the point it is quite possible that Greenberg was using the word off air and that is what caused the slip on air.

That is speculation, but there are plenty of people on the Mike and Mike in the Morning set, so I would hope if that was the case one of them would bring to management in what regards Greenberg was using the word.

Once again that is just speculation and hopefully Greenberg himself will address the issue soon because even if a honest mistake he needs to acknowledge it and not act like it didn’t happen.

*UPDATE*

Mike Greenberg has issued a statement and I consider the issue closed, here is what he said:

I just came home from the Knicks game and found out about the mess that was created by my garbling a sentence on our show this morning; I apologize for not addressing it sooner.

And I’m sorry that my talking too fast – and slurring my words – might have given people who don’t know our show the wrong impression about us, and about me.

I feel horrible about that, because nothing could be further away from who I am and what our show is about.

I would never say anything like that, not in public, or in private, or in the silence of my own mind, and neither would anyone associated with our show, and I’m very sorry that my stumble this morning gave so many people the opposite impression.

*UPDATE*

This will be the last time I address this.

Do I believe Mike Greenberg apology?

Doesn’t matter because unless someone is willing to step up and give a reason why I shouldn’t believe him I am not going to make accusations. I have a set of principles that will not change. One of those principles is before I throw around very accusatory words that I have a strong set of facts to back them up. In this case I have none.

Do I have my suscpions?

Absolutely, but it would be hypocritical to label someone when this site was built on the foundation of being unbiased. At that point I become the type of journalist who I have promised my audience I would never become.

I do believe the apology should have been on air and punishment should have been consistent with other ESPN employees who have had similar slip ups in the past.

At this point I have nothing else to say except my words are my words. They don’t need to be interpreted I always mean exactly what I write and say. Point blank period.

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  1. All of you playing the race card need to do the world a favor and shut up! Nobody in their right mind gives a freaking crap what skin color anyone is! If they do care about it, then they're obviously not in their right mind! Racism exists among all races; from blacks, from whites, from every race! Anyone that doesn't believe that is smoking something! It doesn't matter who's more racist! Racism is horrible no matter whether it comes from a white person or a black person, or anyone else for that matter! This is pathetic!

    This is way over-dramatized! Anyone that watches or listens to Mike and Mike on a regular basis would know that Greeny is certainly not a racist! There's absolutely no reason to believe he is! Actually, a black athlete would probably be the first person to come to Greeny's defense! There's absolutely no way he meant to use a racial slur!

    Martin Luther King's probably rolling in his grave listening to all of you people! Oh darn, now everyone's going to say I meant black or white people by "you people", because some people are screwed up in the head and love to stir up drama! For the record, I mean everyone when I say "you people".

    Someone can send the KKK, the Black Panthers, the Neo Nazis, skin heads, and all the other hate groups to my front yard for all I care. I'll be ready with eggs and tomatoes to throw at all of them. Scratch that……. Make that bricks to throw at all of them. That or I'll just shoot them all with a paintball gun. Either way, it would be worth going to jail for. lol

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  4. Now to the actual subject at hand. If the guy said Coon, it could have been a slight of tongue, but I doubt it. This guy likely said what he said intentionally. If it wasn’t intended for the air, that might have been a slight of tongue. But the fact is, he’s used it probably on more than one occasion. Now, take a look at many black celebs, leader and so forth. How many times have they preached hateful things about da white man? Yet we just let it slide because some crap that happened hundreds of years ago, by people who aren’t alive today. wow! So do I care that Mike said this? About as much as I care when it’s ok for a number of black leaders to bash whites. ZERO

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