Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears have received no shortage of criticism this week, and with the way the team has played this year much of it may be deserved.
But one critique of the organization clearly crossed the line.
Sports anchor Mark Giangreco of ABC 7 Chicago, a longtime Windy City media presence, had some scathing words for the McCaskey family, which owns the Bears.
"The McCaskeys have to fire everybody and cut the quarterback," Giangreco said on Tuesday, one day after the Bears lost to the New Orleans Saints, 31-15. "But they won't and can't so they might as well just sell the team to some jamoke who will move it to L.A."
Over Giangreco's shoulder, a graphic with a photo of Cutler read, "Cut him or cut your wrists." Here's the clip:
While it's not clear if Giangreco or someone else was responsible for the text in the box, he was the recipient of some harsh criticism on Twitter:
— Mark Joyella (@standupkid) December 17, 2014
— Tony Lyza (@tlyza) December 17, 2014
— WilcoMeThat (@WilcoMeThat) December 17, 2014
— Matthew Schwerha (@MSchwerha) December 17, 2014
Giangreco issued this apology for his Cutler remarks in a statement:
“My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”