â†µPardew hasn't apologized for his insensitive remarks, and hasn't fallen back on the ol' Ron Burgundy defense. ("It was up there, so I read it.") Instead, we so far have the "misheard comment" card from BBC spokespeople. â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥She said: "What Alan Pardew said was misheard. It was thought he used the word 'rakes'. â†µâ‡¥â†µThat should be followed by a bunch of British sounding things like, "Yes, yes, harumph, harumph, quite so, carry on, yes." This is the defense I'll use when I go through a similar incident of misheard announcing later on in my career. I didn't say what you think I said, I just called that player a "nother flocking bustard," a reference to his similarity to the bird of the same name. It's not my fault you're hard of hearing and ignorant of avian taxonomy.â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"If it had been heard, there is no question there would have been an on-air apology." â†µâ‡¥â†µ
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