Debate rages over Mike & Mike's Mike Greenberg Martin Luther 'Coon' moment

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 01/18/2010, 05:16pm

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The blast chamber of the Internet is buzzing over a barely perceptible slip of the tongue that Mike & Mike in the Morning co-host Mike Greenberg made Monday morning.

The popular ESPN sports talk show with Mike Golic kicked off with an uncomfortable mistake coming out of a commercial break. Greenberg seems to say “Martin Luther Coon, Jr.” before quickly correcting to “King, Jr.” The reaction has been everything from “racist!” to “tongue-tied.” And there seems to be a rising call for Greenberg to address the slip.

Is this poorly timed much ado about nothing? Does Greenberg owe an explanation, or apology even? Or do you think it was an intentional racial jibe?

UPDATE: Reaction from Greenberg

Greenberg has released the following statement, clarifying the accidental nature about his comment:

I just came home from the Knicks game and found out about the mess that was created by my garbling a sentence on our show this morning; I apologize for not addressing it sooner.

And I’m sorry that my talking too fast – and slurring my words – might have given people who don’t know our show the wrong impression about us, and about me.

I feel horrible about that, because nothing could be further away from who I am and what our show is about.

I would never say anything like that, not in public, or in private, or in the silence of my own mind, and neither would anyone associated with our show, and I’m very sorry that my stumble this morning gave so many people the opposite impression.