Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mitch Landrieu demands apology from Fox Sports' Chris Myers over remarks Myers made about Katrina victims

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Well, he's not quite threatening to "cold-cock" him, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu seems to have been mighty displeased with Chris Myers, the former WWL-TV sportsguy who made disparaging remarks about New Orleans earlier this week when he guest-hosted The Dan Patrick Show. Forgetting his Crescent City roots (and his manners), Myers -- who couldn't carry Jim Henderson's jock -- used Dan Patrick's mic to express the following:

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.

(Because, you know, we New Orleanians aren't "hardworking, taxpaying legal American citizens." Or something.)

Fox Sports president Ed Goren said yesterday there would be "internal discussions" with Myers, but that wasn't enough for Landrieu, who wrote the following letter to Goren:

The comments made by Chris Myers are offensive and unacceptable and we are demanding an apology. I am especially disappointed in Chris because New Orleans, as he described, is a place he "once called home" ... This is not Nashville versus New Orleans. And anyone who dares to draw such a comparison is being divisive and reckless.

Mayor's full of some ginger. The whole letter is below.

click to enlarge myers letter

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