An NBC Winter Olympics analyst has apologized for a joking comment that was deemed offensive by some. The comment was about an Olympian's husband.
Bode Miller, a former United States Olympian, joked about the husband of Austrian skier Anna Veith. Miller jokingly blamed some of Veith's recently struggles on her 2016 marriage.
“The knee is certainly an issue,” Miller told NBC broadcaster Dan Hicks. “I want to point out she also got married. And it’s historically very challenging to race on World Cup with a family or after being married. Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband’s fault.”
Miller was in a joking tone, but it make for an awkward moment. Hicks, his broadcasting partner, was silent on-air for a little while after the joke.
Miller took to Twitter later in the day to apologize. He says he meant it as a joke and wasn't serious.
"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," he wrote.
"I had the love and support of my wife while I was racing and I know it can be a huge asset. #happyvalentinesday," he added.
Veith, 28, finished 12th in the Giant Slalom. The event was won by American Mikaela Shiffrin.
Miller, 40, is a six-time Olympic medalist. He won the gold medal for the super combined event at the 2010 Games.