Juan Pablo Montoya (42) passes by Dale Earnhardt Jr., (88) during the Tums 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
We all say stupid things on occasion, not realizing how powerful our simple and seemingly innocent words can be.
ESPN broadcaster Bob Griese was suspended for a week yesterday for a simple flippant remark he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya during the Ohio State-Minnesota football game last Saturday .
When a telecast graphic listed the top five drivers in the points race for NASCAR's Chase for the Championship, Chris Spielman, Griese's booth partner, rhetorically asked where was Montoya. Griese then said that he was "out having a taco."
Griese apologized later in the game for the remark about the Colombian driver, saying that he [Montoya] was one of the best drivers in NASCAR. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done.
Officials at ESPN called the remark "inappropriate" and has since suspended the Hall of Fame quarterback and College football analyst. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said, "ESPN has spoken to Bob and he understands that his comment was uncalled for."
Although, the remark had no affect on Montoya, who says the he has never even heard of Bob Griese, it is still a reminder to all of us - to be careful with our words, especially with the flippant ones.
Matthew 12:36 says, “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
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