Newsday reports that the video that was all over the Internet yesterday was nine days old. The newspaper reported:
- At one point Barber turned to (co-host Jenna) Wolfe and said, "You're a total medal --."
To many ears, it sounded like an offensive word usually aimed at women.
The Daily News, which had three reporters on the story, reported:
- Although the word can be heard quite clearly, MSNBC spokeswoman Alana Russo flat-out denied Barber used the word.
"The idea of Tiki dropping the C-bomb any time, let alone on the air, is ridiculous. He's the most polite, gentlemanly person ever," she said.
"They were having a friendly argument about total medal counts versus gold medal counts and Tiki just garbled his words."