Yes, Al Michaels believes in miracles, and apparently, he also believes sexual harassment and abuse is something you can joke about.
Sunday night’s primetime matchup between the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos saw a regrettable moment of commentary from the longtime NBC broadcaster.
For some unknown reason, Michaels thought it was a good idea compare the Giants’ struggles to those of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood movie producer facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct spanning decades.
Listen for yourself:
Michaels later offered an on-air apology for his joke. Here is a transcript:
“Sorry I made a reference earlier before, I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country. It was not meant in that manner. So, my apologies. And we’ll just leave it at that.”
Michaels was appropriately called out for his inappropriate remark on social media.
Al Michaels: "The Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein."
— Joey Langone (@JoeyLangone) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels is probably the best play-by-play guy in history. But boy… that was a big, big lapse in judgment.
— Doug Farrar (@BR_DougFarrar) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels made a Harvey Weinstein joke pic.twitter.com/eOYROQgXtL
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels was just the Uncle that drops a joke that stops Thanksgiving dinner dead in it's tracks. pic.twitter.com/V5g67qWZeB
— Charlie (@CharlieWisco) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels: The Giants are having a worse week than…
Cris Collinsworth: pic.twitter.com/VgqiVnGhn0
— EROCK (@TheMightyEROCK) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels: “The Giants had a worse week than Harvey Weinstein”
Must be funny UNLESS YOU HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN A VICTIM OF ASSAULT. @SNFonNBC
— Lisa Guerrero (@4lisaguerrero) October 16, 2017
Dear Al Michaels:
Probably a worse week for Harvey Weinstein victims having to relive the damage he caused upon them.
— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) October 16, 2017
Tirico can't take Al Michaels slot soon enough
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) October 16, 2017
I didn't just hear Al Michaels say the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein. Did that really just happen?
— Colleen Wolfe (@ColleenWolfeNFL) October 16, 2017
Checking to see if Al Michaels is 70 years old yet, the age of immunity where you can say anything with no reprisals #WeinsteinJokes
— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) October 16, 2017
Al Michaels: "The Giants are having a worse week than Harvey Weinstein" pic.twitter.com/R76VJEquCk
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 16, 2017
Once again, for everyone who seems to forget: sexual misconduct is not, has not ever been, and will NEVER be funny.