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ESPN should suspend Lou Holtz for Hitler remark

October 20, 2008 | 10:36 am

Lou Holtz

What was Lou Holtz thinking when he referenced Hitler during a Friday night discussion on ESPN about the leadership skills of Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez?

"Ya know,'' Holtz said. "Hitler was a great leader too.''

The answer is that Holtz wasn't thinking. We can only guess that he, as often as is case, was trying to be funny.

Not funny, Lou.

He has apologized.

Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin called the worldwide leader to complain.

Another question: What was ESPN thinking in not suspending Holtz?

We detect a double standard. columnist Jemele Hill was suspended for a week when she wrote before the NBA Finals that "rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim.''

A word to the wise for everyone in sports media: Quit using Hitler as a reference point.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo: ESPN broadcaster and former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz speaks at a dedication of his statue at Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 13 in South Bend, Ind. Credit: Joe Raymond / Associated Press