Rob Dibble, who was let go by the Nationals as MASN's color commentator after he criticized Stephen Strasburg on his Sirius XM Radio show, apologized for those comments on his radio show Thursday morning.
Dibble said last Monday that Strasburg should "suck it up" and pitch through the pain in his right arm, which turned out to be a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Strasburg will have Tommy John surgery on Friday. Dibble later criticized reporters and bloggers for printing a transcription of his comments on their respective web sites, saying his comments were intended as a pep talk to Strasburg and that they were "twisted" online.
But he finally apologized for his remarks on his show Thursday morning, once his affiliation with the Nationals and MASN had ended.
"As you may know, I made some statements last week about Stephen Strasburg, and have been called controversial and angered many," Dibble said. "In my role as analyst for the Nationals, and (with) the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, I now realize that my comments were inappropriate and disrespectful. I regret that my time with the team will have to end this way, but have learned from the mistake and look forward to putting it behind me."
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