Jimmy The Greek Fired For Remarks About Blacks
March 7, 2012 by staff
Jimmy The Greek Fired For Remarks About Blacks, An embarrassed CBS fired a contrite Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder Saturday after the sports commentator said in a much-criticized television interview that blacks were “bred” to be better athletes than whites.
Snyder, who outraged civil rights leaders with this and other remarks about blacks in sports, reiterated a “heart-felt apology” he made after the interview was televised Friday, but raised the possibility he may sue CBS for dropping him.
Los Angeles Times Friday January 22, 1988 Home Edition Sports Part 3 Page 3 Column 6 Sports Desk 3 inches; 73 words Type of Material: Correction
For the record: It has been erroneously reported that Ed Hotaling, the TV reporter who did the infamous interview with Snyder last Friday, is black. He is white. The error was first made by the Washington Post, then edited into The Times’ story that appeared in last Sunday’s late editions. In the same story, CBS spokesman Doug Richardson was cited as the person who interrupted a conversation between Times reporter Jay Sharbutt and Snyder. Richardson said he was not on the phone; it was Snyder’s son-in-law, Jim Robinson.
He said that CBS executives wanted him to resign, but he refused and was fired by Neal Pilson, president of CBS Sports, who called Snyder from Hawaii.
Snyder said in a statement read by a CBS spokesman that he has “referred this matter” to his lawyer, former Republican Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada, “who is looking into it. Accordingly, I will have no further comment at this time.”
However, speaking from his Washington hotel in a brief phone interview, Snyder, for 12 years a commentator on the “NFL Today” pregame show, seemed willing to answer questions. But he was prevented from doing so by CBS spokesman Doug Richardson.
Asked if he may sue CBS, Snyder, 70, vaguely replied, “We just want to be protected. We shouldn’t say anything . . . .” He was interrupted by Richardson, who had read Snyder’s statement to a reporter.
Asked why he made his controversial remarks Friday, Snyder again tried to respond, only to be interrupted again by Richardson, who was sharing the same phone. “He’s a good guy–he wants to talk and he shouldn’t,” Richardson said.
“I’ll talk to you later, OK?” Snyder told the reporter. CBS, in a separate statement Saturday, said CBS Sports had “ended its relationship” with Snyder following his remarks. It said the remarks in no way “reflect the views of CBS Sports.”
Snyder, known for his predictions, was in Washington with “NFL Today” colleagues Brent Musburger and Irv Cross for today’s National Football Conference championship game between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings.
He has been dropped from today’s telecast.
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