Read through my blogs and websites today, and it seems plenty of people in a huff over Lou Holtz.
For those who didn't hear, the former Notre Dame coach - now a college football analyst for ESPN - fired off a Hitler reference on Friday night when talking about first-year Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez (to paraphrase, he basically implied that Hitler was also a bad leader).
Of course, Holtz came out and apologized quickly for his comment. Fast forward to this morning, where some columnists around the country are calling for Holtz to be disciplined, or fired. Now, what he said was wrong and ignorant, and I think he was sincere with his apology, but to demand he be fired? Easy there people.
What I have a problem with really is the pattern of behavior by some in my industry who take ignorant comments like these and develop some made-up controversy just to generate more page views on their website or gain a larger TV audience. The P.C. police also loves to get involved with these kinds of statements, expressing their "outrage" and calling for protests and firings, but knowingly puts their head in the sand and remains quiet when comments that are much more vile and hateful are uttered (something about double standards have always bothered me).
Bottom line: Holtz was wrong, said something stupid and held himself accountable. What he said basically reinforces a basic lesson our parents taught us ages ago, "Think before you speak."
- Trae Thompson