A popular, longtime Chicago TV sports anchor will issue a public apology Wednesday night after he used a graphic about suicide regarding Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Mark Giangreco of ABC 7 News said he regretted the graphic used during Tuesday night's broadcast, which showed a picture of Cutler with the caption: "Cut him or cut your wrists." Giangreco made no mention of suicide during the segment, but did say it was time for Cutler and team leadership to go.
Viewers hammered the station after the segment for insensitivity.
"My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident," Giangreco said in a statement. "I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening's newscast."
Cutler has been hot and cold all season, but he was blasted by fans after one of the worst performances in his career Sunday in a 31-15 loss to the New Orleans Saints, who intercepted three of his passes and sacked him seven times.
Cutler's lack of emotion -- not uncommon for the veteran -- was fuel to irate fans' fire.