Last week after Spain's Juan Antonio Flecha and Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland were hit by a TV car during the Tour, both were injured. Hoogerland was thrown into a barbed wire fence, extracted himself from it, and recatptured his KOM jersey. The next day he started the stage with 33 stitches from the crash. Our old friend Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal accurately pointed out "If Peyton Manning crashed onto a barbed-wire fence and returned to a game, you'd never hear the end of it for the rest of your life."
But rather than recognizing Hoogerland's toughness, ESPN's Michael Smith saw the incident as comical. After viewing the crash, Smith tweeted "For real, am I wrong for laughing at that Tour de France crash? Can't get over the driver speeding off as if he didn't know he hit someone!"
He followed that with "I'm sorry that crash is hilarious. Every. Time."
Then, despite the criticism he was receiving from cyclists and anyone with a brain in their head, he continued. "It had far been too long since I'd angered an entire community. Today I've managed offend cyclists everywhere. Guess what? It's still funny."
And then this. "i'd like to apologize to cyclists, people who ride bikes, people who know people who ride bikes, and even paperboys. Happy? I miss anybody?"
He has finally tweeted a "real" apology. Consider me unmoved.