Today, Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, issued a statement in reaction to ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd's recent offensive on-air remarks claiming New Orleans is a "default destination for every major sporting event".
"I am extremely disappointed in Colin Cowherd and I resent his recent attack on the city of New Orleans," says Richmond's statement. "To tag New Orleans as the new "default destination" is highly offensive, especially when there are hundreds of world-class hotels right in New Orleans that opened their doors to over 8 million visitors just last year alone.
"As a New Orleans native, I am appalled that Mr. Cowherd would call out this city, its residents, and our facilities. If these accusations were valid, the NFL and NBA would not have such a high vote of confidence in our great city nor would they host the most significant events of their game seasons right here, in New Orleans. This year New Orleans successfully hosted the Sugar Bowl, Final Four, and the BCS National Championship not to mention our world famous Mardi Gras and Jazz Festival. Comments like his are uninformed, inaccurate, and unwelcomed."