After Rob Parker's comments on Thursday about Robert Griffin III being a "cornball brother," I was sure it would take a while before I heard another incoherent comment from an ESPN personality. But sure enough, I was proven wrong after listening to Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on demand this afternoon.
During the PTI podcast, Kornheiser suggested that opposing teams now break Russell Wilson's leg in attempt to get back at Pete Carroll for running up the score. Wait, he said what? Did he really just suggest that opponents should take a cheap shot and break the leg of Seattle's rookie quarterback? Yep, he did.
Here's the audio of his crazy suggestion. It starts at around the 4:20 mark. And if you're too lazy to click the link, I transcribed his statement as well:
But you know how you get back at a guy like Pete Carroll? You take Russell Wilson out of the game—because you can’t score three touchdowns running if your leg is broken. Other coaches and other teams are going to be very angry at this.
What is with these guys? Where have professionalism and journalistic pride gone? I have a hard time believing that anyone would want to see someone get hurt on purpose. Fine, be mad about running up the score, but get back at the opposition by turning the tables on them.
Kornheiser should have said that opponents need to get back at Coach Carroll by running up the score on him.
By now most of us have heard the Gregg Williams audio in regards to Bountygate, so let's not stoop to that same level. Football is a game of integrity and it provides enjoyment for many across the world, but no one deserves to be intentionally harmed because someone's feelings got hurt.
Injuries happen across the NFL every week, but when a player goes out for the season with a torn ACL it's not logical to think the opposing defender was trying to tear his ACL. He was simply trying to stop the play from either happening entirely or stopping it from advancing any further.
It will be interesting to see if ESPN takes any kind of disciplinary measure in regards to Kornheiser's comments. Based on the company's previous track record, it's hard to tell what they will do. Remember, he has already been suspended once for making horrific comments about Hannah Storm's wardrobe.