Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Power of the Pen

So, I must not have been the only one offended by Justin Gimelstob's comments and I really hate to post this but feel I must. If he is sincere and is really asking for forgiveness then I feel it should be given, but I strongly suspect he was given a choice...apologize, resign or get fired. Anyway I really feel that since I posted the comment that I should also post the apology. Thanks to Kate from Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs for originally posting it over at Women Who Serve.

(Kate)"I am the person who originally posted the links and email addresses on the other blog, Feministe, in the comments. Today I received an email from Tennis Warehouse with an apology from them and an attached apology from Gimbelstob. Here is the Gimelstob apology:"

(JG)"I want to apologize for remarks I made last week on “The Junkies” radio show. There is no excuse and I am extremely disappointed in myself. I take full responsibility for all the words that came out of my mouth, and, while I can’t take any of them back, I hope my heartfelt remorse can begin to heal the wounds felt by many. I do not feel that the views I expressed last week accurately represent the person I am or strive to be; however, I can completely understand how and why they offended so many people. Regardless of how I feel about someone, my access to communicate to the public should be used in a positive way, and this was clearly not the case last week. In addition, I have a responsibility to the numerous outlets that trust me to inform, entertain, and educate their viewers and listeners. I failed them. I am truly sorry. As a symbol of my contrition I plan on donating an undisclosed sum to The Women’s Sports Foundation, which works to expand opportunities for girls and women through sports and physical activity. I hope at least some good can come from my mistakes. I know I have learned how to accurately express my feelings and I can promise nothing similar to my previous remarks will ever be said again. Sincerely, Justin Gimelstob"

I so wanted to add my comments all through it, but I'll leave that for you to have fun with :)


  1. It might sound ungracious but you can almost see the dollar signs flashing in front of his eyes as he writes that.. nothing engenders an apology as quickly as the potential loss of income.
    Bah, I'm grumpy and I haven't started work yet. That's my excuse!

  2. I can't imagine someone that speaks as he does writing that in the first place!