Troy Aikman is breaking his silence after receiving backlash over some of his recent comments.
During Monday Night’s Chiefs-Raiders game. Aikman said he wanted the NFL to “take the dresses off” and fix the roughing the passer penalty rule.
Troy Aikman: "My hope is the [NFL] Competition Committee looks at this in the next set of meetings, and you know, we take the dresses off." pic.twitter.com/5DqdLJ8Ccx
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 11, 2022
Fans immediately blasted Aikman and called him sexist over his comments.
Did Troy Aikman really just say what I think he said?
Did he really just say that it's time for the league to"take the dresses off"? The 60's called, they want their chauvinist back.
— Jason Page (@TheBackPage) October 11, 2022
Troy Aikman just said “we need to take the dresses off” on national tv about a call. Can we as a country cancel him so I never have to hear his voice again?
— Johnathan (@SoulessGngr) October 11, 2022
On Thursday, Aikman appeared on Sportsradio 96.7 FM and admitted that his comment was “dumb.”
“Yeah, I mean, my comments were dumb. Just shouldn’t have made them, just dumb remarks on my part.”
“My comments were dumb. Just shouldn’t have made them.”
Troy Aikman on his “take the dresses off” comment from Monday. https://t.co/96qi69Vl4y
— Ryan Young (@RyanYoung44) October 13, 2022
Aikman did add that he felt the roughing the passer penalty should be changed.
<“But the other part of … what came from that, what I said was that it implied that I’m not in favor of protecting the quarterbacks, which could not be further from the truth. I’m totally in favor of the protection that the quarterbacks are afforded, and all players for that matter. But there’s no question there has been over-enforcement of the protection for quarterbacks.” “I do think we’re, as I said, I think we’re over-officiating it. But these are the rules. I mean, as the rule reads and if you watch that in real time, it would be hard to look at that play with Chris Jones in our game and not feel like he landed on the quarterback with his body weight, you know? I would imagine that there’s been enough outcry about it that I would think that the powers that be will take a hard look at it this offseason, and see if maybe they can correct it.”