UPDATE: FOX Sports president says "serious elevated discussion" with Myers over Katrina comments
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FOX Sports President Ed Goren contacted me today to clarify that The Dan Patrick Show -- on which Chris Myers made his comments mocking the victims of Hurricane Katrina -- was actually owned by DirecTV and only carried by FOX Sports Radio. But then Goren stated that "there is now a serious elevated discussion with Mr. Myers." He added: "We'll keep you updated."
Goren's comments indicate that FOX Sports is taking Myers' comments very seriously and he was not merely blowing smoke yesterday when he stated that "there will be internal discussions."
On Monday, Myers referred to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as "standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government" and to the citizens of Nashville as "hardworking, tax-paying, legal American citizens."
Myers hosts FOX Sports' NASCAR coverage, as well as contributing to its MLB, BCS and NFL coverage.
From Monday's edition of The Dan Patrick Show:
It's a great country here. We have disasters issues when people pull together and help themselves and I thought the people in Tennessee, unlike -- I'm not going to name names -- when a natural disaster hits people weren't standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government, okay. They helped each other out through this.
And Mike Helton, president of NASCAR, Tony Stewart, among some drivers went from the race over to the middle Tennessee area where still a lot of hardworking, tax-paying, legal American citizens have been affected by the floods and are trying to rebuild their lives and they are helping out. And I think that other people around the country, of course the music industry in and around Nashville helping, without making a big deal out of it and I think that's a good thing.
- Chris Myers