The IMG Notre Dame Radio Network has pulled Allen Pinkett off its broadcast of Saturday's Irish season opener in Dublin, the media outlet announced Thursday.
"Notre Dame taking on Navy at the Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin is an historic game showcasing the very best of American college sports," Andrew Giangola, a spokesman for IMG Notre Dame Network, said in a statement. "The event deserves to be free of distraction. Further decisions on this matter will be made in the coming days."
Pinkett, a standout running back for the Irish in the mid-1980's, told the McNeil and Spiegel Show on WSCR 670-AM yesterday that Notre Dame needs more "criminals" to succeed.
"Ive always felt like, to have a successful team, you gotta have a few bad citizens on the team, Pinkett said. "Thats how Ohio State used to win all the time. They would have two or three guys that were criminals. That just adds to the chemistry of the team.
"I think Notre Dame is growing because maybe they have some guys that are doing something worthy of a suspension, which creates edge on the football team. You cant have a football team full of choir boys. You get your butt kicked if you have a team full of choir boys. You gotta have a little bit of edge, but the coach has to be the dictator and ultimate ruler."
The Irish have four players suspended for their season opener against Navy: quarterback Tommy Rees, running back Cierre Wood, defensive lineman Justin Utupo and linebacker Carlo Calabrese.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick called Pinkett's comments "nonsense," while the IMG Notre Dame Radio Network initially distanced themselves from Pinkett before taking disciplinary action on Thursday.