Memo to Dan Hampton: It is Never Appropriate to Use Human Tragedy as a Punchline

 “There are TV analysts who choose their words poorly, there are people who really stick their feet in their mouths, and then there’s Dan Hampton. Hampton, the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears defensive lineman, made what will (I hope) go down as the most offensive comment of the 2010 football season when he was previewing Thursday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints for the Pro Football Weekly television show. Said Hampton, “The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina. I really can’t imagine what on earth made Hampton think a Hurricane Katrina reference was a clever line to insert into his prediction for a game being played in New Orleans, but I feel confident saying that Hampton will open next week’s show with an apology.”* If he’s on next week’s show at all.” Some things should never be used as a punchline. What’s next… the defense is going to tear up that offense like the planes that hit the Twin Towers? No some things are off limits and Hurricane Katrina is definitely one of those things.

*NBC sports

UPDATE: Monday Night 9/6/10 Dan Hampton apologized for his  Katrina comment.

“It was a spur-of-the-moment comment intended strictly as a metaphor for the storm-like intensity I believe the Vikings will bring to their rematch with the Saints, and it simply never occurred to me that anyone could read anything more than that into it. I have nothing but the deepest respect and greatest admiration for the people of the Gulf Coast, and I am horrified that even one of you would think I would make light of the terror Katrina wrought, and that I have clearly offended so many of you. I realize now it was a terrible choice of words, and I offer absolutely no excuses. I screwed up, about as badly as I could, and I am deeply and profoundly sorry.”

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  • SPORTNUTO  On September 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I say … GET OVER IT … Comedians use it ALL THE TIME! He didn’t reference any one person or group of PEOPLE he said KATRINA … as in force …. REALLY?? This is news?

  • musesofamom  On September 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Sportnuto some things you don’t just get over and Katrina is one of them. You simply don’t under any circumstance use tragedy as a punchline. some things are off limits and this is one of them!

  • wayne satter  On September 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    There has been worse things said. Dan is very passionet and outspoken. I don’t believe he meant anything with that comment but to get his point across. Their is worse comments peaple can cry about. Leave him alone and let him earn a living.

  • musesofamom  On September 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    There are worse things that could have been said. he said this one and it was a bad one. I am not advocating firing Hampton, but he needs to pick his punchlines a little more carefully. Katrina was a national nightmare that not only damaged property, but man lives were lost and displaced and NO will never be the same so if hampton has to take a little heat for the stumble so be it.

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