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Allen Pinkett Apologizes For ‘Criminals’ Comments

Allen Pinkett. (Rick Stewart /Allsport)

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(CBS) In the wake of his controversial comments Wednesday on The McNeil & Spiegel Show, Notre Dame radio analyst Allen Pinkett issued the following apology:

“In reviewing my remarks from a radio interview Wednesday, it’s clear that I chose my words poorly and that an apology is in order for these inappropriate comments. My words do not reflect the strong pride and passion I have for the Notre Dame football program.

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“I am deeply sorry and did not intend to take away the focus from the upcoming season opener. I especially would like to offer my sincere apology to the current members of Notre Dame’s football team, including Coach Kelly, the entire Notre Dame community, the IMG College Audio Network and the Ohio State football program. As a proud Notre Dame graduate, I wish nothing but the best for our football team and the University.

LISTEN: Allen Pinkett On The McNeil & Spiegel Show

“I understand that there may be consequences to my actions and accept whatever discipline is imposed.”

Pinkett could face discipline for his comments as the Notre Dame IMG Network released this statement:

“The Notre Dame IMG Network is extremely disappointed in the comments made by Allen Pinkett in his radio interview. We completely disagree with those comments. As his employer, we will be determining disciplinary action to be taken.”