Gregg Doyel says he 'went too far' while bashing Gary Williams

July 19, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Remember Gregg Doyel, the CBS Sports columnist who called Gary Williams a "little bitty tiny coward runt of a man" and accused the former Maryland men's basketball coach of influencing Debbie Yow's coaching search at N.C. State? He said Monday that he "went too far and got angry and made a jerk out of myself" back in April.

Doyel, who was appearing on “The Norris and Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan to talk about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doling out punishment to Steelers linebacker James Harrison and other badly-behaving players after the lockout, brought up the comments he made to a North Carolina radio station. He said that he was taken out of context when he called Williams a “little tiny little petty human being” and kind of apologized.

“I was saying something about Gary Williams, unfortunately, that I shouldn’t have said,” Doyel said. “I went too far and got angry and made a jerk out of myself. I was quoting a line from a movie -- and I said that, ‘I’m quoting a line from a movie’ -- ‘Far and Away' where the guy spouted off all this stuff. Everything I saw … it was, unfortunately, my interview was transcribed. It was stupid. I mean, I was an idiot that day.

“But the point is, everybody left off the part where I’m quoting from a movie when I say the following and they just quoted me saying the following. I was quoting from a movie! Anyway, I now understand what people say when they say, ‘Aw, I was quoted out of context.’ Sometimes context matters a little bit.”

I guess that counts as an apology from Doyel. How sincere was it? Check out the audio from The Fan and judge for yourself.

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