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Mike Greenberg's MLK Gaffe: 'Martin Luther Coon' (VIDEO)

Mike Greenberg, the SportsCenter anchor and co-host of Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, is embroiled in controversy after referring to Martin Luther King, Jr. as "Martin Luther Coon" on his radio show this morning. It is difficult to be sure from the below clip, but it sounds like Greenberg jumbled the words "King" and "Junior," leading to the unfortunate slur.

Greenberg issued the following statement this evening:

I just came home from the Knicks game and found out about the mess that was created by my garbling a sentence on our show this morning; I apologize for not addressing it sooner.

And I'm sorry that my talking too fast - and slurring my words - might have given people who don't know our show the wrong impression about us, and about me.

I feel horrible about that, because nothing could be further away from who I am and what our show is about.

I would never say anything like that, not in public, or in private, or in the silence of my own mind, and neither would anyone associated with our show, and I'm very sorry that my stumble this morning gave so many people the opposite impression.

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