Terry Bradshaw Makes Reggie Bush ‘Chasing Chicken’ Comment, Curt Menefee Responds

Huffington Post, November 5, 2012

There are many words that could be used to describe the mazy touchdown run by Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Terry Bradshaw picked the wrong ones.

While narrating a replay during the “FOX NFL Sunday” program, the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback guffawed his way through this bit of commentary as Bush navigated his way through the majority of the Colts’ defense.

“Look at this Jimmy, like he was chasing that bucket of chicken that the wind was blowing the other day.”

While the line made no sense and generated the default chuckles expected from his colleagues, many people took notice that Bradshaw said something, even if no one is quite sure what, about an African-American athlete chasing a bucket of chicken.

Given his reputation for nonsensical ramblings, there seemed to be greater consensus over Bradshaw’s ineptitude as an NFL analyst than his racism.


On Monday morning, Bradshaw’s FOX colleague Curt Menefee took to Twitter to explain the “chicken” statement, insisting it was a joke about another member of the FOX studio crew, Jimmy Johnson. As Menefee explains it, the “Look at this Jimmy” that begins the sentence is the key to any meaning it had.


UPDATE 11/5 3:59 p.m.: Bradshaw discussed his comments with USA Today, saying that he is “so sorry if I hurt anybody and I’m shocked I’m in this position.” As Menefee tweeted, Bradshaw insists that he was joking about Jimmy Johnson’s love for chicken but got his pronouns mixed up.


Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • JackKrak

    The shock, the horror – a white man suggesting that a black man likes chicken!!!!

    •  No the shock and horror was at the idea that Reggie had to CHASE the bucket instead of a white woman bringing it to him.

  • Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Bradshaw.

  • dd121

    The last time groveling worked for a sports announcer is when Howard Cosell made his “little monkey” comment.  He was a Jew so all was forgiven.  Mr Bradshaw is a redneck and will not get a pass.

    • TeutonicKnight67

       Remember Jimmy the Greek? No pass there either.

      • AutomaticSlim

        And what Jimmy said was 100% true.
        And Al Campanis too.

    • .

      I don’t think it’s because Cosell was Jewish. Jewish elitists get off on making regular Jews run the PC gauntlet, too. I think Cosell got off because he had made a career out of kissing Sugar Ray’s and Cassius Clay’s butts. People figured anyone who liked the taste of black butt that much couldn’t possibly be racist.

  • youhavetherighttoremainsilent

    wow… meanwhile a white 32 yr old tatoo artist is beaten into a coma in baltimore friday for sport in knockout king game by 8 blacks in broad daylight and nobody is concerned…

    • AutomaticSlim

      I saw that story too and I have to admit. I would be a lot more concerned had the victim not been a “tattoo artist”…

      • Why?  What’s wrong with being a tattoo artist?  Many of them are incredibly skilled and make a decent living.  More crapping on supposed lower class Whites by someone who no doubt feels infinitely superior to an artist who works for a living.  Tell me good sir, which profession do you practice?  Perhaps you are an astronaut or a used car dealer.

        • AutomaticSlim

          Feel superior? No.
          I just happen to dislike tattoos. A lot. I consider them vulgar, but then again, I am not some 20 something who feels the need to “express himself”. They seem to be very popular among younger people these days. I only wonder how much they will like their “tats” when they hit their 40s and 50s. And the people who burn them onto the skin of others seem a bit like dope dealers to me. And more often than not these “artists” live similar to dope dealers and outlaw biker gang  members. Not my cup of tea.

          As for how I make my living, let’s just say that I get up at 5:30 every morning  and working and commuting to and from my job costs me 60 to 70 hours a week. And for this I get the pleasure of losing about 40% of my income to taxes that go to things I will never use, like welfare, food stamps, head start, hot lunch, medicaid, as well as the national endowment for the arts.

          • The__Bobster

            In the last couple of days, I’ve seen quite a few pretty young girls with bolts in their noses. What’s with that?

             If they feel a sneeze coming on, I’m ducking.

          • ed91

            tattoos have turned into a sheep thing…………..

            hurry, hurry………..  get the message on your skin………..  like anyone cares what your message is.

          • IstvanIN

             I find tattoos disgusting myself and certainly do not get the idea of permanent body decoration HOWEVER I will never, ever have less concern for a white victim of black savagery just because he is a tattoo artist, or any other white group that other whites have deemed less worthy.  An attack on one of us should be an attack on all.

        • Tim

          “The fact that you`re wearing a tattoo speaks louder than anything it says…”-Mom 1973          MY problem with tattoo is this. I used to think they made you look low class, criminal etc. NOW, I think they make you look Black,  Mestizo and a gang banger… Which is why I think that the main stream media pushes their acceptance. they used to make you look bad. Now they make you look like one of them!! A double pox on them.

  • The__Bobster
  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Well, there ARE no First Amendment Rights for Whites (ask Rush Limbaugh about Donovon McNabb):

    But it’s OK for “those of color” to mock, scorn, impugn and debase Whites because it’s “all in good fun”…

    Prior to Super Bowl XIII, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson famously remarked that Terry Bradshaw was ‘so dumb he couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the ‘c’ and the ‘a’.’ 



    • Nicholai Hel

       Bradshaw’ s ‘sorry’ wasn’t meant for blacks, per se, but was instead aimed toward the blood-soaked altar of socialist thought. A small sacrament for the Gods.

  • Jim


    NBA basketball is impossible to watch.  Too many Blacks doing too many Black


    The NFL is close behind. 
    Many defensive units have no White players.  Also the league keeps foisting Black
    quarterbacks on us.  Blacks cannot play
    quarterback in the NFL; the job requires too much mental energy 

    Blacks are also ruining big time college sports.  It seems everything that Blacks touch turns
    to crap.

    •  Welcome to the next Zimbabwe, Jim.    And, remember – millions of supposedly IQ advantaged Whites, including some that I personally know – voted to extend black rule over the nation that their 100 percent White Founding Fathers created and bequeathed to them.

    • Etfasteddie

      “the job requires too much energy” – That’s why no NFL team with a black
      quarterback has ever made it to the Super Bowl, with the exception of
      Donovan Mcnabb, who lost!.. Can you imagine a football team with a black
      quarterback winning the Super Bowl ?….You would hear more about the racial
      side of it than the actual team as a whole achieving that goal! 

      • Sdlakersfan

        I’m feeling you Eddie, but Doug Williams was the 1st black QB to win a Superbowl, back in the 90’s I believe. And yes it was more important than the team itself (Washington DC) winning.

  • Bob

    Someone once commented that Bradshaw couldn’t spell “cat” if someone spotted him the “c” and the “t” and he quite correctly responded, maybe so, but I’m laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Etfasteddie

    I thought it was a rolling watermelon.

    • Mista Thang

      Notice that the main hosts of two network NFL pre-game shows are black: the aforementioned Menafee (FOX NFL Sunday) and Jim Brown (NFL Today).  The sidekicks are White (with the exception of honorary White man Michael Strahan). 

  • Dale McNamee

    Who cares about this ? I don’t !

    Why is this “newsworthy ” ?

  • Herman

    This is what passes for “racism” nowadays.