Allen Pinkett Yanked Off Saturday’s Notre Dame vs. Navy Game for “Criminals” Comments

| by Alex Groberman

In a totally not surprising move, the powers that be have decided to pull radio announcer Allen Pinkett off Saturday’s Notre Dame versus Navy opening game broadcast. This comes in the direct aftermath of Pinkett creating something of a stir when he suggested that the Fighting Irish roster consistently lacks a criminal element.

"I've always felt like, to have a successful team, you gotta have a few bad citizens on the team," Pinkett told "The McNeil and Spiegel Show" on Chicago's 670 The Score (via Yahoo! Sports).

"I mean, that's how Ohio State used to win all the time. They would have two or three guys that were criminals. That just adds to the chemistry of the team. I think Notre Dame is growing because maybe they have some guys that are doing something worthy of a suspension, which creates edge on the football team. You can't have a football team full of choir boys. You get your butt kicked if you have a team full of choir boys. You gotta have a little bit of edge, but the coach has to be the dictator and ultimate ruler."

Needless to say, nobody at the IMG Notre Dame Radio Network or Notre Dame itself appreciated that analysis. A spokesperson for IMG said on Thursday said that Pinkett would have to sit out of Saturday’s outing so as not to be a distraction; meanwhile, athletic director Jack Swarbrick simply brushed the comments off as nothing more than “nonsense.”

(Kudos Yahoo! Sports)

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