Jim Rome had the Internet burning on Thursday.
During the big College Football Playoff Bowl Games on New Year’s Day, Rome wrote on Twitter: “Is there anyone not in a marching band who thinks those dorks running around with their instruments are cool?”
Apparently, there were lots of people who felt “those dorks” were cool, and that Rome’s comment was not. Following an online backlash, Rome deleted his original tweet.
In response to the outcry, the CBS Sports Radio host of “The Jim Rome Show” issued the following apology on Friday:
Band nation – I hear you. I was out of line. I apologize. I do not condone bullying of any kind and that was not my intent.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) January 2, 2015
Rome’s flippant comment even sparked its own hashtag, #MarchOnRome, with one marching band member claiming: “@jimrome would never have the dedication and discipline it takes to rehearse in the snow for two hours.”