EXCLUSIVE: FOX Sports president says "there will be internal discussions" with Myers after Katrina comments


Reached by phone at his Los Angeles office this morning, Fox Sports president Ed Goren responded to comments by Chris Myers portraying the victims of Hurricane Katrina as "standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government."

"There will be internal discussions even though it didn't occur on our network," Goren said.

Myers' comments took place on The Dan Patrick Show, which airs on Fox Sports Radio, part of Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel. Here is how Fox Sports Radio explains the relationship between Fox and Premiere Radio Networks:

FOX and Premiere Radio Networks have teamed-up to bring the considerable resources and talent of FOX Sports to radio. More than just a spin-off, FOX Sports Radio is a complete extension of the FOX Sports brand delivering the winning characteristics that fans have come to expect -- great talent, insightful coverage and the undeniable...FOX success.

Myers hosts Fox Sports' NASCAR coverage and contributes to its coverage of the NFL, BCS, and MLB. He also hosts Showtime's Inside NASCAR show.

Goren added: "I don't think it's appropriate for any sportscaster to be discussing politics, religion, etc. And that point is made in every one of our seminars from NASCAR to football."

Here is what Myers said on Monday:

It's a great country here. We have disasters issues when people pull together and help themselves and I thought the people in Tennessee, unlike -- I'm not going to name names -- when a natural disaster hits people weren't standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government, okay. They helped each other out through this.

And Mike Helton, president of NASCAR, Tony Stewart, among some drivers went from the race over to the middle Tennessee area where still a lot of hardworking, tax-paying, legal American citizens have been affected by the floods and are trying to rebuild their lives and they are helping out. And I think that other people around the country, of course the music industry in and around Nashville helping, without making a big deal out of it and I think that's a good thing.

Calls to Fox Sports Radio president Don Martin were not returned.

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