Terry Bradshaw has apologized for what many are calling a racially dubious comment when he said on “Fox NFL Sunday” that Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was running for a touchdown “like he was chasing that bucket of chicken the wind was blowing.”
Bradshaw told USA Today that the comment was not meant to be directed at Bush, who is black, but at his “Fox NFL Sunday” co-host Jimmy Johnson, who is white.
Bradshaw, a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he and his co-workers often joke with Johnson over the former Dallas Cowboy coach’s love of fried chicken.
The “Fox NFL Sunday” co-host said he was “so sorry if I hurt anybody and I’m shocked I’m in this position.”
He said Johnson’s “big thing is chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken. He won’t share it with anybody.”
Bradshaw said the comment, which some considered racist, had nothing to do with Bush personally.
"I always include the (other Fox on-air guys) in the highlights because it's fun. ... It could have been with a highlight about anybody. You never know what's going to come to mind when you do these things so quickly,” the football legend told USA Today.
Before Bradshaw offered his explanation for the slip, Twitter users were condemning the Hall of Fame quarterback for his poor choice of words.
“Really!!!! Terry Bradshaw YOU couldn't think of anything else to say?” wrote Twitter user Erica Davis.
“How in the world does Terry Bradshaw still have a job?” wrote Ryan Jordan.
“Terry Bradshaw the racist? Or just a racist comment? Tomato/tomatoe,” opined Franky Rodriguez.
Bush, who has a Twitter account with nearly 2.7 million followers, did not use the micro-blogging site to respond to Bradshaw.
The running back and Kim Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend, did, however, reflect on Sunday’s game with the Indianapolis Colts in which the Colts came back to win 23-20.
“Tough team loss today! Gotta find a way to get better this week and win the next one,” Bush wrote. “These games only get bigger from here on out.”