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Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby sportsaddict » Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:58 pm

I'm not aware of any stereotypes that involve Italians cleaning swimming pools.

Miller's comments are actually pretty witty- Tiger is the insanely rich superstar and Mediate is a nobody who might be working for Tiger because of how down to earth he seems. I think it is silly that Miller would have to apologize for saying this, and I can't believe there would be people offended by this because it is clear what Miller is saying.

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news?s ... &type=lgns

NEW YORK (AP)—NBC Sports golf analyst Johnny Miller apologized for his description of U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate, saying the comments had “absolutely nothing to do with his ethnicity.”

Mediate, a 45-year-old Pennsylvanian of Italian heritage, held a one-stroke lead over Tiger Woods during the fourth round Sunday. Miller said Mediate “looks like the guy who cleans Tiger’s swimming pool.” He also said, “Guys with the name ‘Rocco’ don’t get on the trophy, do they?”

“I apologize to anyone who was offended by my remarks,” Miller said in a statement Friday through NBC. “My intention was to convey my affection and admiration for Rocco’s everyman qualities and had absolutely nothing to do with his ethnicity. I chose my words poorly and in the future will be more careful.”

Woods beat Mediate in a playoff that lasted 19 holes for his third U.S. Open title.
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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby The Artful Dodger » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:07 pm

sportsaddict wrote:I'm not aware of any stereotypes that involve Italians cleaning swimming pools.


Italy's going down tomorrow. Italy sucks. Azzurri sucks. Wannabe Italians suck. VIVA ESPANA! :-D

Should I apologize for that? O:-)

As for the comment, it didn't seem all that offensive; I don't know many pool cleaners of Italian descent myself as well.
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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby DaShiz23 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:42 pm

I'd clean Tiger's pool........wait, nevermind.
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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby KCollins1304 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:49 pm

I'd clean his pool with his wife laying poolside. :-L
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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby DaShiz23 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:19 pm

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Yeah, good call! ;-D
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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby DbacksRback » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:35 am

8-o never really knew that stereotype but he addmited it was'nt a strong choice of words and the issue should blow over...but tigers wife...
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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby Old_Style » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:46 am

Who would've thought, 15 years ago, that playing golf would help you bag a fox like that?
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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby PlayingWithFire » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:05 pm

I think they are confusing the Italian plumber stereotype with this case here

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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby nebgib5 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:09 pm

Old_Style wrote:Who would've thought, 15 years ago, that being worth close to 1 billion dollars would help you bag a fox like that?

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Re: Why would anyone have to make an apology for this?

Postby bigh0rt » Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:12 pm

The Artful Dodger wrote:
sportsaddict wrote:I'm not aware of any stereotypes that involve Italians cleaning swimming pools.


Italy's going down tomorrow. Italy sucks. Azzurri sucks. Wannabe Italians suck. VIVA ESPANA! :-D

Should I apologize for that? O:-)

As for the comment, it didn't seem all that offensive; I don't know many pool cleaners of Italian descent myself as well.

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