Would it be rasict if Montoya was really eating some tacos at the time??? It is getting out of hand with racism talk. What if he said Jeff gordon was out eating chicken and dumplings? I am pretty sure Montoya has been seen eating tacos or other spanish food in public.
IMO he was suspended for demonstrating poor judgment when he's paid to represent the network on national television. It really wasn't that bad of a joke - but it was a stupid joke that had no purpose other than to play on a cultural stereotype. It was a boneheaded thing to say.
He is suspended for poor judgment, not because what he said was so offensive. You look at a guy like Imus, who was never reprimanded for off-color jokes until one day he says "Nappy Headed Ho's" and the network has to face a total firestorm. In this instance, ESPN can say "we don't tolerate that kind of thing even if this example wasn't that big of a deal." At least that's how it looks to me.
Actually, I'm not sure how food is a stereotype or negative. I'm just trying to imagine other parallels that would really be offensive. Pasta, rice, etc? It's not really judging, so I don't get it. If he said he was sneaking up the standings like he did across the border, ok, I get it.