NBC Olympic Analyst Bode Miller Forced to Apologize for Marriage Joke

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NBC Olympics analyst and former Olympian Bode Miller was left apologizing after joking that skier Anna Veith’s recent marriage may be affecting her performance at the Olympics.

Miller noted that Veith has been struggling with a knee problem and after her Giant Slalom run he decided to make a little joke, Deadline reported.

“I want to point out,” Miller said, “she also got married. It’s historically very challenging to race on World Cup with a family or after being married. You know, not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there that it might be her husband’s fault.”

Almost immediately Miller was attacked on social media for being insensitive and for attacking marriage.

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In short order the gold medal-winning skier jumped to his Twitter feed to apologize saying, “To be clear I was not seriously blaming Anna Veith’s lack of results on her husband. It’s a changing of priorities that is historically hard, male or female.”

In a follow up tweet, Miller added, “I had the love and support of my wife while I was racing and I know it can be a huge asset.”

 

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