After coming in third on this season of “Big Brother,” Spencer Clawson spoke out about his experience in the house, including the status of his job and the police investigation that took place over controversial comments he made on the show, according to a Sept. 19, 2013 ET Online report.
When asked what his take on the offensive statements he and some of the other “Big Brother 15” house mates made, he said, “…I made some off-color comments that maybe offended people, and I’m sorry for that… I’m so sorry for anything I said, I apologize if I hurt anyone – or any group of people – with the things I said.”
Early on in the game, Spencer’s employer, Union Pacific, released a statement after he was heard on live feeds coming from inside the “Big Brother 15” house, saying Hitler was a “gifted speaker,” using offensive gay slurs, and uttering the “C” word.
The first statements from the company read, “The values represented by Spencer Clawson’s comments during the Big Brother show do not at all align with Union Pacific’s values. Mr. Clawson is on unpaid leave of absence while participating on Big Brother. Union Pacific does not condone his comments. Union Pacific is acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson.”
Then, on August 5, Spencer was captured on live feeds grabbing the microphone of McCrae Olson as he showered. He proceeded to jokingly speak into it as if he was McCrae, saying, “I like to b*** off to child porn… Oh, I love it. B***ing off to child porn is my favorite thing there is. I love it when they’re 3 or 4 years old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they’re filming in a basement somewhere in Minnesota.”
After receiving a large amount of feedback from the public regarding the incident, the Union Pacific released a second statement, reiterating “...it had taken all the action it can under the Collective Bargaining Agreement” until Spencer leaves the show.
In addition, Chief A.J. Gary from the Conway Police Dept. in Spencer’s hometown in Arkansas told TMZ after Spencer's August statments, “The Conway Police Dept. was alerted to comments made. Due to the nature of the comments, our department moved quickly to look into the matter. At this time, we haven’t found that any criminal act was committed.”
Regarding all the controversy, Spencer told ET, “My union is involved… I’m extremely apologetic for the things I said. I love my job and want to keep it. Sometimes you make stupid jokes… I made some bad judgment calls and I hope the company will take me back. I am a good employee.”
He added that he believes the joke with McCrae’s microphone was “blown out of proportion,” but noted he is “scared to say that because… I’m actually really paranoid about that right now. It was a bad joke… I would like to say that I was not condoning any behavior or accusing McCrae of any behavior. That’s not me.”
Spencer also said he realizes his hometown police department became involved and said he was “just being stupid.” He also hopes the incident doesn’t haunt him, saying “Good God. Having the word ‘pedophile’ attached to your name can be bad news, dude…”
He also realized the magnitude of what had taken place in the "Big Brother 15," noting he now has to “clean up the mess.”