A number of football fans were outraged Sunday night, but not because the players were kneeling during the national anthem. This week, their displeasure was directed at NBC sportscaster Al Michael who made an off-color joke during a matchup between the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos.
In the third quarter, Michaels threw out this bit of commentary: “Let's face it, the Giants are coming off of a worse week than Harvey Weinstein, and they're up by 14 points.”
Yeah, no. pic.twitter.com/v11nAQnD3U— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 16, 2017
Later in the game, Michaels apologized for the joke. “Sorry I made a reference earlier before, I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country,” he added during the fourth quarter. “It was not meant in that manner. So, my apologies. And we’ll just leave it at that.”
But that didn’t stop viewers from tearing into the sportscaster on Twitter.
Al Michaels: "The Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein."— Joey Langone (@JoeyLangone) October 16, 2017
Nooooo no no, Al Michaels. No Harvey Weinstein references. Horrid. #SNF— Jon Humbert (@jonhumbert) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels is probably the best play-by-play guy in history. But boy... that was a big, big lapse in judgment.— Doug Farrar (@BR_DougFarrar) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels: “The Giants had a worse week than Harvey Weinstein”— Lisa Guerrero ?? (@4lisaguerrero) October 16, 2017
Must be funny UNLESS YOU HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN A VICTIM OF ASSAULT. @SNFonNBC
NBC didn’t walk away scot-free either.
NBC made Al Michaels apologize for making a joke at Harvey Weinstein's expense?— Brian Nichols (@BNicholsLiberty) October 16, 2017
The same company that refused to release the expose on Weinstein? https://t.co/234q9cmORS
Wow. NBC responded quicker to Al Michaels' Harvey Weinstein joke than they did to Harvey Weinstein.— Jason. (@VegasRebs) October 16, 2017
And then there were those who were more vexed by the response to the joke than the joke itself.
The fact that Al Michaels had to apologize for a totally benign Harvey Weinstein reference shows you how far (and pathetically) PC we are.— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 16, 2017
Only in Hollywood can an Al Michaels Weinstein joke be a bigger scandal that decades of Weinstein crimes against women #AlMichaels— Jaime (@Treestand_tweet) October 16, 2017
Liberals can’t handle a Harvey Weinstein joke by Al Michaels, but are ok with the crude and nasty jokes on SNL? Interesting how that works.— RD (@real_defender) October 16, 2017
Funny how liberals are more outraged by Al Michaels’ Harvey Weinstein joke than they are about the fact that Weinstein is a pervert.— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 16, 2017