Demand the Resignation or Fire Michael Smith for TdF Comments
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Demand the Resignation or Fire Michael Smith for TdF Comments

    1. Petition by

      Jeff Ernst

Michael Smith, an analyst on ESPN, has shown unmitigated gall and bad judgement by finding humor and laughter regarding the crash during Stage 9 of the Tour de France, which caused serious injury and threatened the lives of cyclists as well as discounting the real danger of car/bike collisions.

He has continued to defend this position which devalues the life of those injured and as a member of a large media organization, this position is indefensible and he should no longer be allowed to share his opinions throughout broadcast media. It goes to another level when this person goes so far as to flaunt it via social media and post insincere apologies.

Because of his actions, we are asking ESPN immediately terminate or demand the resignation of Michael Smith.

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      Jeff Ernst
      Petition Organizer

      If you're a cyclist, know somebody who is passionate about riding their bike and being safe doing it as well as the perception of cyclists on the road, finding humor in car/bike accidents is no joke. Send a message to ESPN, share this message!

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    • FRANK BING BUFFALO GROVE, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      Clearly, based on his later comments, he has no true remorse for his actions. Maybe loosing his job will cause him to reflect.

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    • Vincent Dimaano SAN CLEMENTE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I hope Michael Smith gets run over by a bicycle one of these days. Now that would be funny.

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    • Robert Strom CHANDLER, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      Unbelieveable - to enjoy and revel in someone elses pain to that degree. To laugh at a situation where someone was seriously injured and could have been killed if things had happened a bit differently - this person (if you can call him that ) has the empathy of a stone! I emplore you to publicly announce what ESPN has decided to do about such willful displays of insensitivity and pleasure derived at such an event.

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    • Donner Grigsby WILLIAMSBURG, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      Poor word choices are an indication of a poor thought processes which can happen to nearly anyone at anytime. Intentional remarks about the lack of regard for the safety or concern for athletes shows poor judgement as well. To continue to antagonize the fans of a sport where something as serious as a TV car running over the race leaders is inexcusable. But, I do not blame Mr. Smith for his being himself. I blame ESPN for keeping the likes of him employed.

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    • James Hickey NEWBURY PARK, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      May be time to boycott ESPN if he's not fired. It really is the management's time to take responsibility!

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