Naturally, Cris made some, ahem, awkward remarks about the types of ladies that he preferred to date, which you can read after the jump.
Though the NFL has rushed to get all copies of the video removed, here's what Collinsworth said (via With Leather):
I'm not gonna deny it, I walk around with hundred dollar bills hanging out of my pocket...I like girls that aren't too bright because you can trick 'em a little bit...high school girls love me. Fourteen to eighteen, I'm a big star with them. As soon as they mature, after they turn 18 years old, they start to figure it out.Deadspin subsequently retrieved an apology from the announcer, reprinted here:
As a family man I am extremely embarrassed by an interview I did when I was in my early twenties about dating. My comments were insulting, immature, and foolishly intended as a joke. They do not reflect how I lived my life then or now.Now there's really no sense in trying to judge what Collinsworth said in the 1980s, although you have to appreciate the irony that one of America's best NFL announcers was, at one time, stupid enough to say these words in front of a camera.
I was asked to do something humorous about dating, and it has been a major embarrassment to me since the day I said it.
I apologize to anyone who has ever had the misfortune to see it now or a quarter-century ago.
No, what I find amazing about this is that we never saw this freaking thing until LAST WEEK. I find this amazing because it's nearly impossible in the YouTube era for any interview to not be widely distributed across the web (and that includes approximately 5,342 sports blogs) within 24 hours of its airing.
But the lesson that Collinsworth learned from this past week applies to today's standards anyway -- whenever there is a camera in your face, you'll be held responsible for anything you say. Whether it's a Hitler reference, a ludicrous and racist rant about a referee's call, or simply selling pork outside a football stadium, people are listening and they will hold you accountable.
And, yeah, sometimes it sucks that our lives are so tied to technology but you know what? Welcome to the rest of your life, everyone.