Dutch Speed Skating Coach Slams ‘Foolish’ American Football on CNBC

Attacks against football might be okay for some, but not for CNBC host Joe Kernen.

When a Dutch Olympic coach blamed American losses in speed skating on football, Kernen responded by passionately attacking speed skating. The Dutch coach, Jillert Anema claimed that football essentially wastes American athletic talent “in a sport that sucks.”


Joe Kernen responded by saying that he had recently tried to watch speed skating, but was distracted by some paint drying on his wall. Given the choice, he quickly “settled on the paint, just watching the paint dry.”

Anema told CNBC reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera that football was “meant to kill each other, to injure each other.” He also suggested that the United States would not be able to win speed skating in the future because Americans are “so narrow-minded.”

Kernen sarcastically asked if the Dutch “have Sunday night speed skating” where they just watch people “go around and around and around.” Perhaps, he mused, the Dutch just didn’t “understand football.”

Kernen is well known for his outspoken conservative views. He recently bashed Al Gore and compared him to Bernie Madoff and former Enron executive Ken Lay, calling him a “charlatan” and a “villain.”