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The New York Giants are having a rough season and there are a lot of things to which they could be compared. Harvey Weinstein probably shouldn’t be on that list.
In the second half of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast, the winless Giants held a 14-point lead over the heavily favored Denver Broncos. That’s when Michaels seemingly tried to make a joke comparing what the Giants have gone through recently to Weinstein.
“Let’s face it, the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein, and they’re up by 14 points,” Michaels said.
Michaels’ broadcast partner, Chris Collinsworth, immediately tried to deflect the comment a bit by noting that only his “L.A. guy comes up with that one.”
It’s not clear exactly what comparison Michaels was going for here. Clearly the weeks the Giants had – lost their fifth straight game and suspended one of their top players – is in a different stratosphere than Weinstein, who has been hit with a slew of allegations of sexual assault and misconduct from more than 20 women.
The reaction by most to Michaels’ comment seemed to be universal – it was cringeworthy at best, and in terrible taste at worst. Michaels did later apologize (see below).
You can hear his comment here:
Michaels apologized when the broadcast came back from a commercial break.
“Sorry I made a reference earlier, before, tried to be a little flippant about somebody, obviously, very much in the news all over the country,” Michaels said. “It was not meant in that manner. So, my apologies, and we’ll just leave it at that.”