*** Radio host calls profane tweet about Sister Jean 'a joke' ***
© Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, left, greets Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser after the team's 63-62 win over Tennessee in a second-round game at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Dallas, Saturday, March…Knoxville's WKGN-AM radio host Cody McClure sparked social media outrage on Saturday when he tweeted an expletive about Loyola-Chicago's 98-year-old chaplain and tournament star Sister Jean.
Loyola-Chicago had advanced to the Sweet 16 on its one-point win over the Volunteers, and McClure responded with the following now-deleted tweet.
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Despite deleting the tweet, McClure stood by his poor attempt at humor in an interview with the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh.
"I don't regret the joke, no I don't, because of the fact it was a joke,'' McClure said. "For me, I'm wondering when are we as a society going to learn how to take a joke again? Why are we so soft on the Internet, yet in real life people are joking around about things that they wouldn't post online? Pardon my language, but can we stop b----------- ourselves for once and have a laugh?"
McClure continued to say that he would apologize to Sister Jean, but still hoped that she would understand his "joke."
"I would issue an apology to Sister Jean,'' McClure said. "If this were to ever get back to Sister Jean, I would hope that she understood that it was meant to be nothing more than a joke. I'm not some kind of monster. I mean, who would in their heart hate an elderly nun? Clearly, I don't. So I'd be glad to issue an apology to Sister Jean and to anyone who felt that my joke was intended to be anti-Catholic or anti-elderly. It wasn't. It was an observation of the room I was in at the time and the mood people were in."