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Ebert didn’t mention Dunn by name, but it seems clear to whom he was referring.
“I should clarify: Anyone who drinks and drives is a jackass,” he tweeted Tuesday. “That included me in my drinking days. Some are lucky enough to find sobriety.”
In a separate tweet, Ebert sent out a link to a 2009 column he wrote titled “My Name Is Roger, and I’m an Alcoholic,” detailing his efforts to become sober 30 years earlier.
Dunn died Monday in a fiery car crash, the result of his crashing his Porsche into a guardrail. Police said he was driving 130 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
Ebert caused an uproar Monday after he tweeted a link to a news story on Dunn’s death and wrote: “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.”
Almost instantaneously, he was barraged with tweets from followers and fans of the late reality star expressing their disapproval over the comment and asking him to apologize.
Ebert backtracked a bit on his blog Tuesday, saying he regretted that his tweet was “considered cruel”: “I regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true.”
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