Here is the Bob Griese NASCAR comment video in which he declares Juan Pablo Montoya is having/eating a taco. The racially insensitive comment may land Griese in a world of trouble with the ESPN network and their advertisers.
The incident occurred on October 24th 2009, during the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University football game in which the broadcasters were promoting an upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race series.
Five NASCAR drivers were shown on the screen which did not include Juan Pablo Montoya. One of the announcers, Chris Spielman, asks “where is Juan Pablo Montoya” although it is not clear why they care. The response by Bob Griese was “he is out having a taco.” Ironically he happens to be the “color guy” on the broadcast.
As a biography Juan Pablo Montoya was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1975, not Mexico. You can read more about his background on the official NASCAR page.
Montoya’s Colombian heritage makes the Bob Griese NASCAR comment not only racially insensitive but reveals Bob Griese’s ignorance. It’s news to me that Colombians eat tacos. If Bob Griese wants to make a moronic, geographically insensitive comment, he could have at least says that Juan Pablo Montoya was out harvesting his cocaine plantation. Sheez.
Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán drives the #42 car which just happens to be sponsored by Target and Chevrolet. Can anyone spell advertisers? I knew you could. Expect that those advertisers will be hearing from Mexican-Americans, and that in turn ESPN will be hearing from Target and Chevrolet.
And that means, you racing fans and concerned citizens, that Bob Griese will be hearing from ESPN. Oh yes, he heard from them already before the game even ended. At the very end came an awkward Bob Griese apology after the word must have gotten down to him.
Bob Griese’s apology:
“Juan Pablo Montoya, you know he’s one of the best drivers in NASCAR [untrue]. I just want to apologize for the comment that I made earlier in the ballgame.”
Then later ESPN issued an official statement that Griese would be issuing yet another apology. Will the apology be accepted? Our guess is not so fast. You can read what ESPN had to say already right here.
Now watch the Bob Griese, Juan Pablo Montoya NASCAR comment video in which he associated the driver with having tacos because his name sounds Mexican. Then tell us what you think below.
(Bob Griese Taco Video)
Juan Pablo Montoya Photo: Kim Phillips