The co-host of American football television show Pro Football Weekly will issue an on-air apology for making two offensive comments.
Dan Hampton was slammed by LGBT activists after he commented that the Dallas Cowboys team “think they are Clint Eastwood; they’re more of the Brokeback variety if you know what I’m talking about.”
Earlier he also raised the ire of viewers when he said that the Minnesota Vikings teams should go to New Orleans and “hit that town like Katrina.”
While Hampton apologised for the Katrina comment, he at first failed to say he was sorry for the Brokeback quip.
“Hampton wasn’t actually saying the Cowboys players are gay, but by making this comment, Hampton telegraphed to his audience that gay men are not good enough, just as he doesn’t believe the Dallas Cowboys are good enough,” said the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“Every day, millions of kids across this country are harassed, bullied and beaten because of attitudes like this. Hampton should not be using his platform to encourage homophobia.”
GLAAD has since reported that Pro Football Weekly publisher Hub Arkush told it that Hampton will be leading this weekend’s show with an on-air apology for both statements.
Arkush said “it shouldn’t have happened” and assured GLAAD that similar incidents will not happen again.