Bode Miller has apologized after receiving backlash for his Olympic commentary.
Olympic skier Miller, who retired in 2017, came under fire for comments he made on-air about skier Anna Veith's marriage at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea this week. During Veith's giant slalom event run, Miller and co-host Dan Hicks started to discuss Veith's knee injury.
"Yeah the knee is certainly an issue, I want to point out she also got married and it's historically very challenging to race in the World Cup with a family or after being married," Miller said. "Not to blame the spouses, but I just wanna toss that out there that it could be your husband's fault."
After hearing Miller's statements, social media users called his comments "sexist," leading him to later apologize on-air. Miller called his comments an "ill-advised attempt at a joke."
Miller went on to say, (via NBC Washington), "I do apologize. I was an athlete that competed after marriage, and I know how beneficial it is. I know the support team you need. On Valentine's Day, I did not mean to throw spouses under the bus, and I'm going to be hearing it from my wife, I know."
He also took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to clarify his comments.
"To be clear I was not seriously blaming Anna Veith's lack of results on her husband," Miller wrote to his social media followers. "It's a changing of priorities that is historically hard, male or female."
He continued, "I had the love and support of my wife while I was racing and I know it can be a huge asset. #happyvalentinesday."
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