“Road House” and “Dirty Dancing” star Patrick Swayze has leapt to the aid of embattled DUI sugar-tit fetishist Mel Gibson, calling him a “wonderful human being” who simply did something stupid:

Swayze, 53, downplayed his friend’s drunken outburst, telling GMTV that “people say stupid things when they happen to have a few, and especially if you don’t drink any more, or have limited your drinking for a long time and all of a sudden you decide to have one too many with the boys – you are stupid.”

Swayze, who is starring in the West End production of “Guys and Dolls,” said the incident certainly would not end Gibson’s career.

“When you are a pit bull, and you love what you do and you are going to continue to grow, that talent will find its way out,” Swayze said.

Following the subsequent outrage from the American Pit Bull Owners Association, who decried Swayze’s unnecessary and unwarranted denigration of their favorite breed of dog, Swayze retracted his comments and reached out to the pit-bull-owning community for forgiveness.