'Chrome' Owner Apologizes for Saying Belmont Winner 'Took Coward's Way Out'
The co-owner of California Chrome apologized this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" after he claimed that the winner of Saturday's Belmont Stakes had taken "the coward's way out."
“I need to apologize to the world. I sincerely apologize," said Steve Coburn, admitting that he was wrong for making the comments, which brought a firestorm of criticism in recent days.
After California Chrome tired to finish fourth in the mile-and-a-half race, Coburn angrily said in the post-race interview that the winner, Tonalist, had an unfair advantage. Coburn argued that since Tonalist had not run in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness, he should not have even been allowed to compete in the Belmont.
“It’s all or nothing because this is not fair to these horses that have been running their guts out for these people and for the people who believe in them. This is the coward’s way out, in my opinion," Coburn said after his horse failed to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Coburn then doubled down on his sentiments on Sunday, with an analogy that many called out as distasteful.
“It wouldn’t be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair," he said.
Watch the Outnumbered panel's take on the comments and the apology in the clip above.
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