Sven Is To Sheikgate As…

Just because he's poor doesn't mean he's stupid; I never said that.We’ve been remarkably mum about the whole Sven-Goran Eriksson affair. To summarize: Swedish-born England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was baited into talking out of turn by an undercover reporter for News Of The World posing as an Arab sheik. Among other things, he called central defender Rio Ferdinand “lazy” and suggested that Wayne Rooney’s quick temper was a result of having grown up “poor.”

As you might imagine, this didn’t go over so well. In fact, it’s already been agreed that Sven will step down as England boss after the World Cup.

What I’m struggling with here (beyond wondering how this guy still has a job, at all) is the most appropriate parallel in U.S. sports. Would this be like Andy Reid taking a secret meeting with Daniel Snyder the week before the Super Bowl and saying that he thought Jevon Kearse was lazy and that TO’s antics were the result of his single-parent upbringing? I’m certainly open to suggestions here.

Eriksson To Quit England After World Cup [USA Today]

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