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Troy Aikman Finally Responds to Outrage Over ‘Take the Dresses Off’ Comment on ‘Monday Night Football’

After making a controversial comment after a contentious roughing the passer call during the Chiefs-Raiders game on “Monday Night Football” this week, ESPN host Troy Aikman has apologized for his statement in which he said he hopes the NFL “take[s] the dresses off.”

During a radio appearance Thursday on Dallas-area radio station 96.7 “The Ticket,” one of the hosts noted there was “some reaction” to his “strong” comments, prompting Aikman to call his remarks “dumb.”

“My comments were dumb, just shouldn’t have made them,” Aikman said. “Just dumb remarks on my part.”

The comment came after Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr from behind in the first half of the game Monday. The hit forced a fumble, but Jones was flagged for a roughing the passer call, a move that received harsh criticism from the announcers and booing throughout the stadium.

“My hope is the competition committee looks at this in the next set of meetings and, you know, we take the dresses off,” Aikman said on the game broadcast. The Chiefs went on to win the AFC West matchup, 30-29.

Aikman received criticism on social media and from media outlets, with some calling the comment “sexist.”

The call against Jones may have been influenced by a concussion suffered by the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, Tua Tagovailoa, after he was sacked on Sept. 29. Tagovailoa was briefly hospitalized after the hit and remains sidelined.

ESPN reported in the aftermath of that sack, “The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed on an amended concussion protocol this past weekend that included ataxia as a ‘no-go’ symptom — which would require any player who displays ataxia, defined as ‘abnormality of balance/stability, motor coordination or dysfunctional speech caused by a neurological issue,’ to be removed from a game and prohibited from returning.”

Aikman also stated during the interview that he was “totally in favor” of using rules to protect quarterbacks but still thinks that things have gone too far.

“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,” he said. “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.”

ESPN, meanwhile, has not issued a statement about Aikman’s comments.

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