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  • UPDATE: FOX Sports president says "serious elevated discussion" with Myers over Katrina comments

    Blog ››› ››› BRIAN FREDERICK

    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.

  • EXCLUSIVE: FOX Sports president says "there will be internal discussions" with Myers after Katrina comments

    Blog ››› ››› BRIAN FREDERICK

    Reached by phone at his Los Angeles office this morning, Fox Sports president Ed Goren responded to comments by Chris Myers portraying the victims of Hurricane Katrina as "standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government."

    "There will be internal discussions even though it didn't occur on our network," Goren said.

    Myers' comments took place on The Dan Patrick Show, which airs on Fox Sports Radio, part of Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel. Here is how Fox Sports Radio explains the relationship between Fox and Premiere Radio Networks:

    FOX and Premiere Radio Networks have teamed-up to bring the considerable resources and talent of FOX Sports to radio. More than just a spin-off, FOX Sports Radio is a complete extension of the FOX Sports brand delivering the winning characteristics that fans have come to expect -- great talent, insightful coverage and the undeniable...FOX success.

    Myers hosts Fox Sports' NASCAR coverage and contributes to its coverage of the NFL, BCS, and MLB. He also hosts Showtime's Inside NASCAR show.

    Goren added: "I don't think it's appropriate for any sportscaster to be discussing politics, religion, etc. And that point is made in every one of our seminars from NASCAR to football."

    Here is what Myers said on Monday:

    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.

    Calls to Fox Sports Radio president Don Martin were not returned.

  • Fox Sports' Chris Myers mocks Katrina victims as "standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government"

    Blog ››› ››› BRIAN FREDERICK

    Yesterday, Fox Sports reporter Chris Myers guest hosted The Dan Patrick Show and raised some eyebrows with comments about the flooding in Nashville. As noted by the sports blog The Big Lead, Myers said:

    MYERS: 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 Tennesee 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.

    Myers' comments about the people of New Orleans are disgusting.