On a ‘The Paul Finebaum Show’ radio segment earlier in the week, Paul Finebaum spoke about the news surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Conversing with former LSU defensive lineman Marcus Spears, Finebaum said “this country is not oppressing black people.”

Fast-forward to Thursday — where Finebaum appeared on SportsCenter Thursday afternoon to address these controversial comments he had made earlier in the week.

Speaking with Cari Champion, Finebaum instantly and immediately regretted what he had said:

“I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp on the situation. I know better. I’ve lived in the South. I’ve seen the bigotry, I’ve seen the racism. I can’t explain why I articulated the words the way I did, but I did. There’s a public record of it. There was a natural reaction. All I can say is I made a terrible mistake in trying to express a feeling I had no right to express.”