TV evangelist and commentator Pat Robertson will clearly not get invited to a Denver Broncos game any time soon.
On Thursday’s (March 22) “700 Club,” Robertson chided the Broncos for trading Tim Tebow to the New York Jets and signing multi-time MVP Peyton Manning. While the commentary starts off benign enough, with Robertson saying the “Broncos treated him [Tebow] shabbily,” it quickly takes a strange turn.
“Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback. But he’s been injured, if that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right,” Robertson says.
A spokesperson for Robertson attempted to smooth over these comments on Friday (March 23). The rep tells the AP that Robertson was “in no way advocating an injury” to Manning.
This is hardly the first time that Robertson has made controversial statements. Following the 9/11 attacks, Robertson says, “the ACLU has to take a lot of blame for this.” In 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Robertson explains that the disaster was due to a “pact to the Devil” Haiti’s founders had made.
If there is one bright spot in the entire thing, it’s when Robertson finishes his commentary and sends it back to co-anchor Terry Meeuwsen. Even she seems confused by what he is saying.
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