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Ah, the Watson saga continues. Apparently his publicity team wrangled the man into issuing what can only be called a half-hearted attempt at an apology: "I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said," according to his official statement to the Associated Press. (Neither can we, Jim. Neither can we.) You can check out the New York Times story here, or do a quick Google search for a zillion similar articles.

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