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ESPNU commentator taken off air after remark

NEW YORK -- Former NFL receiver Brian Kinchen will not work
as an ESPNU commentator this week because of a comment he made
during last Saturday's broadcast of the Northern Illinois-Iowa
game.

Kinchen was explaining the need for receivers to make catches
with their hands because they are "tender" and can "caress" the
ball. He then paused and said, "that's kind of gay, but hey ..."

"The comments were inappropriate, and we apologize for them,"
said ESPN's vice president of public relations Josh Krulewitz.

Kinchen's future with ESPNU is under review, Krulewitz said.

ESPN's decision first was reported in The Des Moines Register.

Kinchen, a former tight end who played at LSU and in the NFL
from 1988-00 with Miami, Cleveland and Baltimore, also apologized
for his remarks.

"They were completely inappropriate and not at all a reflection
of who I am or the way I perform my work," Kinchen said in a
statement issued by ESPN. "I have learned from my mistake and look
forward to continuing my broadcasting career."