ROME COMMENTS COST ERIC WYNALDA SATURDAY MLS GIG: The HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports (as does The Mighty MJD at Deadspin) that analyst Eric Wynalda was suspended for the MLS national television broadcast on ABC Saturday. ABC will air only two league games this season, Saturday’s contest and the championship game.
Though ABC/ESPN is not confirming the suspension, ESPN.com posted an apology from Wynalda Friday after a SbB post (via soccer blog Fulham USA) concerning Wynalda’s ill-advised comments about Jim Rome.
Rome read the SbB post about Wynalda’s comments on his show, then verbally torched the all-time leading U.S. National Team scorer. Shortly thereafter, Wynalda called in to beg forgiveness.
It was immediately clear, at least in my mind, that Wynalda was fighting for his professional broadcasting life in apologizing to Rome, and the suspension bears that out. It is interesting to note though that in the ESPN.com apology statement, Wynalda said of his profane rant: “These remarks were not meant for public use.”
Why even say that? How about ‘I SHOULD NEVER HAVE SAID THAT‘ and leave it at that. Even in his act of so-called contrition, Wynalda’s ceaseless arrogance bubbles to the surface.