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ESPNU commentator taken off air after remark

Updated: October 31, 2006, 3:21 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Former NFL receiver Brian Kinchen will not work as an ESPNU commentator this week because of a comment he made during last Saturday's broadcast of the Northern Illinois-Iowa game.

Kinchen was explaining the need for receivers to make catches with their hands because they are "tender" and can "caress" the ball. He then paused and said, "that's kind of gay, but hey ..."

"The comments were inappropriate, and we apologize for them," said ESPN's vice president of public ...

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