April 27th, 2010
03:23 AM ET

Talk show host apologizes for comments on Tim Tebow

A Boston sports talk show host has apologized for likening former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow's NFL draft-night party to a "Nazi rally."

"Anyone who listens to the show regularly knows that I am not the most articulate person in the world, and on Friday, we were joking around about the NFL Draft. And unfortunately, I made a regrettable statement about the Tim Tebow draft party that ended up offending some people. And I truly, truly can tell you that was not my intention," Fred "Toucher" Toettcher said in a statement given to CNN affiliate WHDH on Monday. "I apologize to you that were offended. You know, I just apologize, and I regret what I said."

Toettcher made the comments Friday on the Toucher and Rich Show on WBZ-FM, the morning after Tebow was selected 25th in the first round of the NFL draft by Denver.

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  1. robin

    I think we are living in an Arab country. Why anyone can't make a simple comment? We all know it just few words and why for this he has to apologise. Why we are so proud then for free of speech.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cari

    He should be fined or fired. He was trying to start trouble and it backfired on him. Enough already, this country needs to grow up. We have more important things to worry about then Tim and who attended his draft party.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Roadrunner711

    Bill doesn't have it straight at all. You apparently believe two wrongs make a right. It is absolutely wrong to draw Hitler mustaches on pictures of Obama and it is absolutely wrong to refer to Tebow's NFL-party as a Nazi rally. Decent people have to stand up to the morons on the far left as well as those on the far right!

    April 27, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. James L. Holly, MD

    In our post-racial society, it is OK to belittle those with whom the President disagrees. It is OK to mock those who do not wish harm to homosexuals but who do not celebrate that lifestyle choice. It is OK to mock a fine, compassionate, gentle soul who happens to be gifted in athletics. How old fashion and anti-intellectual to believe in the Bible and that Jesus Christ is God. How unthinkable that a person who does not celebrate post-modern relativism could be a decent, caring person. If this "talk show host" is fired, then the entire MSNBC lineup will have to be "let go" as well. I am holding my breath.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. William

    What a JERK!! Casually exploiting the shock value of referencing someone as Nazi like could only be done by an insensitive, illiterate, moron w no sense of history whatsoever! If it weren't for the huge sacrifices of our parents' / grandparents' generation ..those that paid so dearly to defeat those Nazi monsters we'd ALL either be dead or slaves today!
    There's nothing funny or entertaining about the million upon millions of innocents that were murdered by Nazis nor the few lucky survivors who lost everything & everyone they cared about & who would never be the same.
    This jerk's glib reference to Natzis craps on all those who perished & survived alike!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Craig

    Stupid move. Everyone knows the rule is that the only time a Nazi joke can be funny is is Hogans Heroes.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Asad S.

    Why is it ok to say horrible things about good people who try to live a life of faith? Why is it ok to attack those who genuinely try to hold themselves to a higher standard? This is a 22 year old young man just trying to live with morality and faith and we allow him to be attacked for it, it makes me sad for our country.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt the King

    "I made a regrettable statement about the Tim Tebow draft party that ended up offending some people."

    When did this country decide that people were not allowed to ever be offended? Man, we're in for it. Political correctness is really getting out of hand. To show how much I know about football, let me say this: I didn't even know, at the start of reading this article, whether Tim Tebow was black or white (baseball is my sport), but really, now we aren't allowed to say or do ANYTHING that offends someone without having to apologize? I don't like having to sit through 100 erectile pill and tampon ads while watching tv with my my young son. I find them offensive. Does that mean they should apologize? Of course not. One of our inalienable rights in this country isn't that nothing will ever happen to ruffle your feathers.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    First we can't say anything about Islam or their Prophet (CENSORED) in the media, and now we can't say anything about white Christians. Did I miss the removal ofthe First Amendment?

    April 27, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. NotaFredFan

    ok people, Fred is known for saying stupid things all the time, that is his personality. If you watched the draft you would have heard that Tim Tebow was with family and a few friends. Its is ok for him to have non-ethinic friends and a non-ethnic family. People always talk about others with conviction, and Tebow feels very strongly about his religion and belief system. While I may not agree, he is certainly allowed to feel that way and be public about it. Does this make him a nazi, no, but Fred thought it did. Also, Fred wouldn't use that term lighly as his wife is Jewish and I am sure she had something to say about his poor selection of words. In the end Fred is Fred and you get dumb from the dumb and Tebow is Tebow and you get family and selected friends from him. Maybe its tough for Tebow to be THAT guy so he its hard to have a lot of friends and his family is extremely important. If that resembles a historically nasty group of people to Boston's village idiot then you should take it for what its worth considereing the source.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. DD

    @JD: how is that strange, when that was a private party at a golf club with his family?

    April 27, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. This is the problem with America

    I will not defend his actual comment because it was completely stupid to say, but everyone always wants free speech and then is a hypocrite and wants certain things stopped. Come on America, if you don't like it then don't listen to it. Some of the biggest racists have talk shows(Beck, Limbaugh) and they actually preach what they want you to believe. This was a joke and wasn't really funny at all, but you gotta draw the line somewhere for free speech. I highly doubt he meant it in a hateful way.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. mrsb

    At least he apologized for his comment. Still it makes me wonder why the comment came now at the expense of Tim Tebow? Is this the first time a white player has had a draft night party wiith all or mostly white people in attendance? When a black player has a draft night party are there any comments if all of his guests are black?

    April 27, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    Tim Tebow is a football player with values and high character who will only help the NFL's character woe's from Michael Vic, Big Ben, ans on and on. For Someone to use the word Nazi and attached that to a guy like Tim Tebow, is classless. How many jew's were killed because of the Nazi's? What does Tim's family have to do with Nazi's? Because he is white and most of his family and friend are white so that makes them Nazi's? I would sue.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. mrsb

    Bill – the images of President Obama with a Hitler mustache are just as wrong as those same images that were present at anti-Bush rallies during his administration. The Democrats were not up in arms about those images at the time either so hypocrisy goes both ways.

    That said, bad behavior by one group does not excuse it by another. Tim Tebow is by all accounts an upstanding individual who gives back to the community more than any of these radio personalities ever will. He lives his faith, he doesn't just preach it. He is an easy target for people like this radio guy though because for some reason people are threatned by his strengh of character and strengh of faith.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
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