Judging by his performance in the U.S. Senate staff softball league, Bob Casey isn’t the kind of guy you’d expected to be a panelist on any kind of sports program.
Nonetheless, he is a featured guest on today’s NBC Sports’ Men in Blazers podcast, where he discusses his push for FIFA to release an internal ethics investigation into the process used to award Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
The Federation Internationale de Football Association made the decision in 2010, prompting accusations that bribery and corruption influenced the decision to hold the tournament in a country where the climate is hot, homosexuality is illegal and slave labor is tolerated.
“Even beyond the question of labor issues or corruption issues now it’s kind of come down to a very basic issue of transparency, and that’s something I think anyone can understand,” said Mr. Casey, the first sitting U.S. lawmaker interviewed on the show by hosts who go by the names Devo and Rog.
"I think it’s good you guys have nicknames. You should hear what people call me,” Mr. Casey quipped. “You probably can’t say it on the air.”
Listen to the podcast here. Find Mr. Casey’s remarks beginning at the 50:15 mark in the 70-minute podcast.