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.