From the AP:
ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose apologized Tuesday for negative remarks about the area around the New Jersey Devils' new Prudential Center arena.
In a video segment posted on ESPN.com last week, Melrose described the recently opened arena as a "beautiful new building" but added, "Don't go outside if you have a wallet or anything else, because the area around the arena is just horrible."
Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and Municipal Council President Mildred Crump took exception to the remarks and called for Melrose to apologize.
And he did:
"I was trying to be funny and I'm sorry it didn't come through that way," (Melrose) said by phone from St. Louis. "No excuse. When I talk I don't want to offend anybody. I love hockey and I want Newark to be a success. I certainly never wanted to hurt the feelings of the people of Newark or the people of New Jersey. There was no malice on my part."
Now that isn't even the best part:
"All of us make mistakes, but it's a shame when it's at the expense of 300,000 people," Booker said, referring to Newark's population.
Yeah, because the population of the mainly African American city really cares about what an idiot white Canuck with a mullet has to say.
Melrose went on to say that he wants to go to Newark and tour the city and have lunch with the mayor.
I like Booker, he is trying to reinvigorate his city and improve its image. Melrose, however, is a fool. As the movie quote (sorta) goes, all a man has in this world is his word and his balls, and he shouldn't break them for anyone. Melrose made a crack and should stand by it. Granted he never actually went to Newark before saying it, but if he opened his mouth he should stand by his comments and back them up with the astoundingly high crime statistics.
But he didn't, he rolled over and apologized. How great would it be if when he goes for that lunch for Booker he got mugged??!?!? Ha!