(NEW YORK) — After making a controversial statement last week, the Notre Dame IMG Sports Network has suspended analyst Allen Pinkett for three games.
Pinkett told WSCR-AM 670 last Wednesday that the school’s recent suspensions of four players could actually be a sign the program is gaining an “edge” that will help it be more successful.
“I’ve always felt like to have a successful team you’ve got to have a few bad citizens on the team,” he told WSCR-AM 670 last Wednesday.
“Allen has done a great job for the Notre Dame IMG Radio Network over the past four years, has a supportive fan base, and most importantly, has expressed deep heartfelt remorse for his choice of words, which were not in the spirit of college athletics,” Notre Dame IMG Radio Network said in a statement.
Pinkett back-tracked his statements on Tuesday after being suspended for three games.
“I love this school as much as I love my kids and would never want to compromise the ethics and morals of my alma mater, Notre Dame,” Pinkett said in a statement. “I would again like to offer my most sincere and heartfelt apology to all those affected by my inappropriate comments, particularly the university, the school’s hard-working and courageous student athletes, all Fighting Irish fans and team supporters, our friends at The Ohio State University, and my colleagues at IMG Notre Dame Radio Network.”
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN