Former NHL star and NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick apologized on Saturday, saying he had "gone too far" when he joked about a threesome with his colleague Kathryn Tappen in a podcast at the end of December.
He was later indefinitely suspended from the network for these comments and other sexual expressions involving former NHL players Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to NBC Sports, Kathryn Tappen. [analysts] Patrick Sharp, Anson Carter, for some suggestions that I recently made into a podcast, ”said Roenick in a video posted on his Twitter account. "I never wanted to offend anyone and I definitely want to go too far and I deeply regret it."
Roenick, a nine-time All-Star, said he called everyone involved, as well as family and friends, and was grateful for the "loving and gracious acceptance" of his apology. "
"I've always tried to act professionally," said Roenick. "I have always tried to entertain and this time I have gone too far and in the future I will make sure that I keep an eye on the feelings of the people, the sensitivity of my employees and of all of you, my loving fans. I hope see you soon on the air. I hope you can accept my apologies. "
Tappen published a statement in December in which he dismissed Roenick's comments.
"While Jeremy and I continue to be good friends, what he said was unacceptable, especially among colleagues," said Tappen. "I can't approve of his comments."
Roenick added Tappen and Sharp during the podcast, saying that Tappen was "one of the most professional sports personalities I know."