As it turns out, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton’s ill-advised Hurricane Katrina comment wasn’t the only remark that caused discomfort for the Pro Football Weekly television program.
In the same show, Hampton said that the Dallas Cowboys are “more of the ‘Brokeback’ variety if you know what I’m talking about.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has requested an apology, explaining that “Hampton telegraphed to his audience that gay men are not good enough,
just as he doesn’t believe the Dallas Cowboys are good enough.”
PFW publisher Hub Arkush has told GLAAD that Hampton will lead the next installment of the show by apologizing for both statements. Arkush also told AfterElton.com that “we deplore discrimination and bigotry aimed at any and all racial, ethnic and social groups and communities, and Dan’s comment about the Cowboys is totally unacceptable and will not be repeated or ignored.” In the same e-mail to AfterElton.com, Arkush explained that PFW experience “horror” as a result of the “discomfort caused” by the Katrina remark.
So Hampton in one show said something that PFW finds “totally unacceptable” and something else that caused “horror” for the publication. And Hampton will be on the air for the next edition of the show, delivering back-to-back apologies. And the Pro Football Weekly television show will probably generate record ratings. And Hampton will say “I’m sorry” and he’ll promise not to screw up again. And, presumably, he’ll continue to appear on the show with no suspension.
Apparently, PFW is gleaning its P.R. advice from old Steve Martin routines.