Sportscaster Chris Myers Says Katrina Victims ‘Blame the Government’

Sportscaster Chris Myers Says Katrina Victims ‘Blame the Government’


By Jeff Mays

Maybe Chris Myers should stick to talking about sports. There’s a lot going on these days. Lebron will be a free agent soon, the Yankees came from behind to beat the Red Sox and the Pacquio vs. Mayweather fight may actually go down.

Instead, while filling in on the Dan Patrick show, Myers took a shot at Hurricane Katrina victims. Comparing them to recent victims of the Tennessee floods, Meyers said:

My best is and maybe it’s a little corny, but I like it. It’s a great country here. We have disastrous issues where people pull together and help themselves and I thought the people in Tennessee, unlike and I’m not going to name names. When a natural disaster hits people were not standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government, okay, they helped each other out through this.

Middle Tennessee where a lot of hardworking, tax-paying, legal American citizens have been affected by the floods and are trying to rebuild their lives and they are helping out and I think that other people around the country, of course the music industry in and around Nashville helping, without making a big deal out of it and I think that’s a good thing.

Myers is obviously making a comparison to the “poor”, residents of New Orleans to the “hardworking, tax-paying and legal” residents of Tennessee. Myers’ comments are obviously coded racial language for black and white.The implication is that if those poor people in New Orleans had their stuff together and had been more hard-working, more patriotic, more dedicated, maybe they wouldn’t need help from the government.

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  1. I think he is close. I would have said you dont see people in Nashville doing nothing other than pouting like babies wanting others to take care of them when they were to lazy to take care of themselves in the first place.

    • Jeff, Jeff, Jeff! I'm going to have to agree with Reg on this one. Nashville's income per capita is far higher than New Orleans. A city's morale under duress is chiefly predicated by the help and resources available to transition out of catastrophe. The people I know in both Nashville and New Orleans were equally as devastated no matter their station in life. By the way, welcome to the site and thank you for commenting.

  2. Jeff, let's just file that comment under "racist views" right next to the Myers quote. The victims of Katrina had no way out. Public transportation had been stopped before the full force of the storm came, which was prior to city officials issuing an evacuation. Not everyone in the USA owns a vehicle. How in the world do you suppose people in that city could evacuate without the aid of transportation?

    • reg, when you say public transportation was stopped are you referring to the 200 school busses that mayer Nagin, the real culprit in that mess not President Bush, left unused? New Orleans had an evacuation plan but Nagin didnt bother to implement it.Can someone tell me why that guy is not in prison?

  3. The Bush administration was slow to help American citizens who were experiencing a Holocaust in New Orleans during Katrina. Two days after New Orleans was flooded, Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, argued on NPR that there was no flooding in New Orleans while American citizens were drowning. Homeland Security stopped Wal-Mart and other organizations from delivering water and supplies to these victims. Many Republicans voted against a package to aid the Katrina victims, while extorting $2.2 billion American tax dollars to remove illegal Jewish settlers from Gaza.

    Many brave people, including African Americans, fought, sacrificed and died for our Democracy and our Constitutional First Amendment freedoms. Chris Myers's people immigrated to their country to enjoy the Democracy for which they sacrificed so much. If Chris Myers cannot respect America's most patriotic citizens, he should leave their country. Bon Voyage!

    • Can we please stop blaming Bush and Washington for anything that happened after Katrina? By law, DC can’t do anything until the state government requests assistance. Bush was begging the gov of LA to ask for help but she wouldn’t do it. By the time help was requested it was too late, but that didn’t stop the Democrats from trying to place blame on Bush. Please stop believing everything CNN and the Dems tell you.

  4. Prior to the start of the Daytona 500, Myers published a book on how NASCAR influences the values of the country, "NASCAR Is America". The attitude shown in Nashville fit what he wrote in "NASCAR Is America" compared to the whiners in New Orleans. He saw the attitudes in the two flooded areas and the can-do American spirit, not the government is deity. The people in Nashville, in the words of the Chris Rice, chose to "Go Light (their) World" instead of complain that the government was doing nothing.

    • Bobby, you and Chris Myers (who worked in New Orleans in the 80’s and whose wife is from here) are ill-informed at best, and racist morons at worst. While what happened in Nashville is absolutely tragic, there were over 200,000 homes in New Orleans totally destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and thousands of people died while the idiots in Washington looked on. And as far as the “can-do spirit”, NO CITY IN THE WORLD can match New Orleans where neighbor helped neighbor in the face of odds the good people of Nashville couldn’t even dream about in their worst nightmares. Whiners, Bobby? The government was ALL OVER Nashville BECAUSE of the incredible devastation and human suffering during Katrina. In the immortal words of Creighton Bernette, John Goodman’s character on “Treme”–“Chris Myers–f*** you, you f***ing f***”.

  5. blaming the government may not seem cool, but it is the government that deserves the blame in LA, not just with Katrina, but now with the BP disaster as well. In both cases lazy attitudes by the government bodies tasked with oversight of manmade facilities (the Corps with the levees and the Minerals Management Service with BP) led to the first and now second destruction of the New Orleans area. The LA governor during Katrina refused Federal help while people died at the convention center, and our governor now is begging for the Federal government, Coast Guard, and Corps to approve plans to stop the spread of oil into our marshlands. The former governor = democrat; the current president = democrat. In LA today, democrats and republicans are working together to fix problems, because we learned the lessons of Katrina, unfortunately, the rest of the nation still doesn’t understand! Chris Myers is an embarrassment to New Orleans, and isn’t welcome to return.

    • Rocco and richard are the voices of reason here, it is the local governments responsibility to prepare the city not the white house but hey why let facts get in the way of a good story?

  6. THERE IS NO COMPARISON!!! Duh! Nashville was an act of nature. New Orleans was a man made failure, so yes people were angry and they had every right to be. It never should have happened! They survived Katrina and then the levees broke when everyone thought it was all over with. They didn’t have a chance to get out, the water rose so high so fast!
    You’re much better off not talking if you don’t know what your saying! Over a thousand people died in that, when it did not have to happen, so yeah people were a little ticked!!!

  7. Let’s face it Chris Myers is an idiot. Now he’s got everyone, including me, googling his name just like he wants. I’m sure he’s not sorry just protecting his job. I’m glad the people from Nashville are so great. I wouldn’t wish the hell we all went through with Katrina on anyone. Just think, they can’t even imagine and they think that was the worst that could happen. Must be nice for them. But I’m still wondering why anyone would blame the BP disaster on any residents of New Orleans or Louisiana. BP officials didn’t want to pay for maintenance checks and needed repairs because they were behind schedule with their drilling. Guess they’re pretty far behind now. I still can’t see why anyone here would be to blame for wanting this mess to be capped and cleaned up ASAP. What happened to cleaning up after yourself and standing up for what you believe in. The best way to stand up to Chris Myers is not watch or listen to his crap. And after BP pays for there mess put them out of business too. The damage they have done to the environment of the entire area won’t be healed in our lifetime. Stand up for what you beleive in and let your voice be heard it what America was built on.

  8. Does the truth hurt? NOTHING was racist about Mr. Meyer’s comments.

    People in Tennessee pitched in to help each other. Black and White were affected by the flood. Black and White banded together to help those in need. In New Orleans they shot at rescuers, looted, raped, and robbed.

    Those offended are typical of “victim syndrome”.