Tony Kornheiser Backs Down When Called Out by Lance Armstrong
Last time Kornheiser was apologizing for comments making fun of the wardrobe of his ESPN colleague, Hannah Storm -- comments that got him suspended for two weeks from Pardon the Interruption. On Friday morning, Kornheiser apologized for urging drivers to run bicyclists off the road.
Lance Armstrong, who ripped Kornheiser on Thursday, appeared on Kornheiser's radio show and defended bicyclists, and Kornheiser backed down, acknowledging that he "got way over the top" and that "the bicycle people were properly offended."
Kornheiser added that he had a private conversation with Armstrong and that, "I certainly apologized." On the air, Kornheiser vowed, "these rants are over." Armstrong obviously won this very public battle with Kornheiser.
Kornheiser became popular as a writer for the Washington Post and a television and radio commentator for ESPN exactly because he has such an irreverent approach to his subject matter, but it's hard not to think that Kornheiser is losing that edge. The best commentators are the ones who stand behind what they say. Twice in the last month, Kornheiser has failed to do that.