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Al Michaels Draws Fire for Weinstein Joke on 'Sunday Night Football'

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Al Michaels attends the red carpet event for the NHL 100 gala presented by Geico at the Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles, on Jan. 27, 2017. (Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 16 October 2017 12:55 PM

Al Michaels has apologized for cracking a joke about Harvey Weinstein on "Sunday Night Football" after the quip drew widespread criticism.

The NFL announcer drew comparisons between the New York Giants' injury-prone season and the sexual harassment scandal plaguing Weinstein, Fox News noted.

"I mean, let's face it. The Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein and they're up 14 points," Michaels said, according to Fox News.

The line prompted a chuckle from his fellow commentator Cris Collinsworth, who said, "Only my L.A. guy comes up with that one."

Backlash to the remark was almost immediate as viewers expressed their distaste on social media, prompting Michaels to deliver an apology later in the broadcast.

"Sorry I made a reference earlier ... I was trying to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country and it was not meant in that manner," he said, per The Guardian. "So, my apologies, and we'll just leave it at that."

The remark comes after four Giants' starting receivers sustained injuries when they went up against the Chargers last week, resulting in Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris all being ruled out for the season, Fox News reported.

Adding to their woes, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended after walking out of team facilities during a meeting.

Meanwhile on the Weinstein front, two more women have come forth and accused the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment.

British actress Lysette Anthony was allegedly attacked by Weinstein at her London home in the late 1980s, BBC reported. Another unidentified woman claimed to have been raped by him in 1992.

Entertainment Weekly recently listed the women accusing Weinstein of sexual misconduct and, with these two latest reports, the number currently sits well in the 40s.

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