Daily Beast apologizes for falsely claiming Lou Holtz called immigrants 'deadbeats' at Republican National Convention

The Daily Beast has apologized for falsely claiming Hall of Fame football coach Lou Holtz called immigrants “deadbeats” at the Republican National Convention in 2016. (Getty Images)

The Daily Beast apologized this month to Hall of Fame football coach Lou Holtz after falsely claiming that he called immigrants “deadbeats” at the Republican National Convention, according to the Orlando Sentinel. 

“While The Daily Beast stands by the rest of its story, we recognize that Mr. Holtz also spoke to his audience about his poor grandparents, who themselves immigrated to the United States and were processed through Ellis Island,” the apology read, which was signed by the Daily Beast vice president Neil Rosenhouse on May 8, per the Sentinel.

The apology is a part of a settlement in a lawsuit Holtz had filed against the Daily Beast for initially claiming he called immigrants “deadbeats.” The terms of that settlement were not made public, though it required the public apology.

Holtz reportedly told the crowd at a luncheon at the Republican National Convention in 2016 that he doesn’t want to celebrate immigrants’ holidays or speak their language, but that they should “become us.”

“I don’t want to become you,” Holtz said, according to the original Daily Beast article that has been taken down. “I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”

Per the Sentinel, Holtz claimed in the lawsuit that the articles “were clearly antagonistic to Mr. Holtz and malicious, rather than journalistic or mere expressions of opinion. These headlines, when considered with the false and defamatory articles that would follow, constitute express malice, ill will, hostility, and an evil intent to defame and injure.”

Holtz’s coaching career spanned for 33 years, most notably at Arkansas, Notre Dame and South Carolina. He compiled a 249-132 overall record, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Holtz started working as an analyst at ESPN after leaving South Carolina in 2004, and continued there until 2015.

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