An ESPN college football anchor is the latest employee to fall victim to “The Network’s” addiction to political correctness.
On Saturday evening, ESPN News anchor Todd Grisham referred to the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners loss to Texas Tech in football as a “trail of tears.”
“It’s a trail of tears in Oklahoma!” Grisham exclaimed as a video clip of dejected Sooner fans flashed across the screen.
The “Trail of Tears” is a reference to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which led to the forcible relocation of 50,000 Native Americans from the Deep South to Oklahoma. An estimated 3,000-6,000 of them died.
Obviously, it’s not the nation’s happiest moment … but neither is the Civil War, and how many times do we hear that term applied to sporting match-ups?
The following day, “The Network” issued a statement apologizing for Grisham’s “inappropriate historical reference.” It’s yet to be determined whether he’ll be suspended.
“The historical reference didn’t even cross my mind,” Grisham tweeted afterward, adding that his great-grandmother was a “full-blooded Cherokee” and that he was “very proud of my Native American roots.”
ESPN has an ongoing love affair with political correctness – particularly if it involves comments that could be construed as critical of U.S. President Barack Obama (who fills out his March Madness brackets with the network each year). Earlier this month, ESPN severed its connections with Monday Night Football icon Hank Williams Jr. for saying that Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner was “like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”
Earlier this year, ESPN publicly chastised professional golfer (and part-time analyst) Paul Azinger for tweeting that Obama had “played more golf this month than I have.”