Nebraska Head Football Coach Bo Pelini apologized for a profanity-laced tirade against a couple of sports reporters and Husker fans two years ago, claiming he was venting frustration during what he thought was a private conversation.
That conservation has become anything but private.
Someone leaked the audio to the website Deadspin.com, which posted it late Monday afternoon.
Pelini harshly criticized two sports reporters from the Omaha World-Herald prior to his postgame radio interview with the Husker Sports Network after the Cornhusker’s come-from-behind win against Ohio State in 2011 at Lincoln. Then, the coach tore into the fans, frequently using profanity and calling Husker fans “fair-weather”.
The remarks prior to the official broadcast had been recorded, unbeknownst to Pelini.
During the Big 10 Conference call today, Pelini issued an apology.
“I vented in a situation where I thought it was a private conversation,” Pelini said. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry (to) anybody that that offended. It was never meant to be public and it’s unfortunate that it went public.”
Pelini said he didn’t mean what he said when he vented.
“I’ve said it over and over and over, since I’ve been here, we have great fans. But, I’m human like anybody else. You know, you say things in an emotional moment under certain circumstance and like anybody else, you’re human, you make mistakes, you apologize for your mistakes and you move on,” Pelini stated.
Pelini said he didn’t know whether he would face disciplinary action, because of the incident.
Earlier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman issued a written statement.
“I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini’s comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue.”
UNL Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst also issued a written statement.
“I am disheartened and disappointed by the 2011 comments published today attributed to Coach Pelini about our dedicated and passionate fans and supporters. I have spoken with Chancellor Perlman and I have addressed the situation with Bo and expressed our deep concern.”
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AUDIO: Nebraska Head Football Coach Bo Pelini apologizes for remarks. [:30]