Conservative talk show host on Friday apologized for calling Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher a 'neo-Nazi' during a segment on his show.
"During a segment about myself being named one of the "blackest white folks we know" by the Web site theroot.com, I made a few comments about some others on the list. Now, I know absolutely nothing about sports, so I didn't realize that one of them was NFL star Brian Urlacher," Beck wrote on FoxNews.com.
"Since then, I have been informed by my staff that Brian -- uh, Mr. Urlacher -- could kill me with his thumb in nine seconds if he wanted to. Although if we are talking about people in Chicago wanting to beat me up, he's going to have to stand in a very long line.
"Anyway, I apologize to anyone who was offended. I just made a neo-Nazi joke based on the short hair and white skin; I don't actually think he has fascist plans to take over the Earth."
Aside from Urlacher, several other people with Chicago ties made the list. Among them: Phil Jackson, who coached the Bulls dynasty; Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who once claimed he was "blacker"' than President Obama; and Father Michael Pfleger, who preaches at a predominantly black church in Auburn-Gresham.
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