Dan Hampton apologizes for Katrina remark

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton has apologized for an insensitive remark he made during the latest episode of Pro Football Weekly, a show that breaks down every matchup in the league.

Hampton said on the show that the Minnesota Vikings should “hit that town like Katrina” when they travel to New Orleans for the season opener on Thursday night. Hampton was, no doubt, making a reference to the hitting that the Vikings and their quarterback Brett Favre suffered last season in the NFC Championship Game.

It didn’t go over well and comments about Katrina, a hurricane that caused so much death and devastation for not just New Orleans but the Gulf Coast region, should not be made in jest. Hampton offered the following apology on the Pro Football Weekly Web site:

“I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to everyone who was offended in any way by my reference to Hurricane Katrina in our most recent Pro Football Weekly TV show.

“It was a spur-of-the-moment comment intended strictly as a metaphor for the storm-like intensity I believe the Vikings will bring to their rematch with the Saints, and it simply never occurred to me that anyone could read anything more than that into it.

“I have nothing but the deepest respect and greatest admiration for the people of the Gulf Coast, and I am horrified that even one of you would think I would make light of the terror Katrina wrought, and that I have clearly offended so many of you.

“I realize now it was a terrible choice of words, and I offer absolutely no excuses. I screwed up, about as badly as I could, and I am deeply and profoundly sorry.”

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