Terry Bradshaw may have stepped in some do-do.
Popular NFL analyst and former player Terry Bradshaw has found himself in the middle of a race row after he inadvertently compared a touchdown run to racing for a bucket of chicken.
The controversy began during the NFL on Fox halftime show on Sunday as Bradshaw and the other analysts were watching a replay of Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush swiftly dodging Indianapolis Colts defenders with some impressive fakes and fancy footwork.
But as Bush crossed into the end zone for the score, Bradshaw said: ‘Look at this Jimmy, like he was chasing that bucket of chicken that the wind was blowing the other day.’
The comment sparked a uproar among some African Americans, who took to Twitter to brand Bradshaw a racist and call for his resignation.
But Bradshaw, 64, who played in the NFL himself for seasons, said it’s all a complete misunderstanding – and he can explain.
He said the remark stemmed from co-analyst Jimmy Johnson’s intense love of fried chicken.
Bradshaw said that Johnson, who has coached both the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins, enjoys a bucket of chicken before each game and never shares with anyone.
The claim was backed by Johnson himself, who told TMZ that he orders from KFC on game day, and sometimes eats it in the Fox studio.
Bradshaw told the site that he made the comment as a jab against Johnson, who never shares his chicken with anyone.
He later added: ‘I’m having a hard time with this… because that’s not me. I never put those two things together because I don’t think like that.’
In an interview with USA Today on Monday, Bradshaw apologized, saying: ‘I’ve never been in a situation like this. I don’t know how to react, except to apologize for something I didn’t know I said. I’ve been upset today. It’s not me. I’m shocked.’
Also coming to Bradshaw’s defense was fellow Fox analyst Curt Menefee, who posted on Twitter: Hopefully after a night of sleep, people’s ears are working.
‘[Bradshaw] said nothing racist about @reggie_bush, his comment was about @JimmyJohnson.’
Reggie Bush, who’s usually pretty active on Twitter, did not speak about Bradshaw’s comment.
Bradshaw, who was a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 1983, has been an NFL broadcaster for nearly 30 years.
He has also appeared in films like Hooper, The Cannonball Run and Failure to Launch.