Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/4/12

The Notre Dame IMG Radio Network has decided to suspend analyst Allen Pinkett for three games without pay for last week’s comments about his alma mater’s football program. Pinkett’s suspension began with last weekend’s game against Navy, and will include Saturday’s game against Purdue and the following game on Sept. 15 when the Irish face Michigan State.

“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. “After careful deliberation and thorough discussion, we believe the right decision is to allow a truly repentant Allen Pinkett an opportunity to return to the booth beginning with the fourth game of the college football season.”

Pinkett has worked as radio analyst for the Irish since 2001. He caused an uproar last Wednesday when he said that the school’s recent supsensions of four players is a possible sign the program is gaining an “edge” that will help it become more successful.

“I’ve always felt like to have a successful team you’ve got to have a few bad citizens on the team,” Pinkett told WSCR-AM 670 last Wednesday. The two-time All-American running back didn’t immediately regret his comments. “I absolutely meant that,” he said.

On Tuesday, Pinkett had a change of heart.

“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,” he 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.”

“This offering of forgiveness is an extremely humbling life lesson. I will work very hard to make the most of this second chance in representing the high standards and proud tradition of Notre Dame football.”

 

 

 

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