Tom Sandoval Regrets Comparing Himself to George Floyd, O.J. Simpson

Bravo Network Stars React to Sandoval's Controversial Remarks.

by Nouman Rasool
Tom Sandoval Regrets Comparing Himself to George Floyd, O.J. Simpson
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Tom Sandoval, who's among many in the entertainment world, has recently come out with a public apology in regard to what he said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine, which has drawn a lot of controversy. "We realize our comments were entirely inappropriate and not said in a respectful way," Sandoval, 41, told Us Weekly in a statement issued February 20.

He clarified that what he meant to say was that there was overwhelming media coverage of his personal matter and not making insensitive comparisons. The controversial statements by Sandoval seemed to reflect the way the public reacted to his affair with Rachel "Raquel" Leviss, 29.

This affair saw the destruction of his almost decade-long relationship with Ariana Madix. In the interview, Sandoval said the backlash was the same kind of public scrutiny that men like Danny Masterson, who currently is facing a 30-year rape sentence, had gone through.

He even went so far as to mention high-profile cases such as O.J. Simpson and George Floyd, something he would later concede was improper. Irina Aleksander, writing the piece, has tried to put in context Sandoval's words, suggesting he was trying to convey something of the strangeness of being at the center of national attention.

What he managed to get across, however, was the eeriness with which he has lost perspective.

Celebrities Criticize Sandoval

The interview quickly produced a wave of backlash, with many celebrities coming out to criticize Sandoval.

Celebrities from the Bravo network in particular: Reality show personality Jordan Emanuel, who has appeared on "Summer House: Martha's Vineyard" and "Winter House," said she was surprised at Sandoval likening his plight to George Floyd's death at the hands of the police.

Guerdy Abraira of "Real Housewives of Miami" also spoke to express her disgust, saying that it's "disrespectful of such comments at such a serious cultural event. She added that it's not reflected well on his own character and demanded an immediate apology.

Weighing in on the voices was Katie Maloney, co-star of Vanderpump Rules, who called Tom Schwartz, Sandoval's best friend, to explain Sandoval's heated words. Sandoval's apology showed an awareness on his part of the potential consequences of his words and once again highlighted the sensitivities that should apply when dealing with issues of much cultural and social weight within wider public discourse.