Tigers analyst Jack Morris suspended for racist comments about Shohei Ohtani – .

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Tigers analyst Jack Morris suspended for racist comments about Shohei Ohtani – .


Detroit Tigers broadcaster Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for racist comments he made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani during Tuesday’s game.
Asked by play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard how the Tigers should pitch at Ohtani in the sixth inning, Morris adopted an exaggerated East Asian accent while saying “be very, very careful”. When Ohtani returned to ninth, Morris offered a long apology.

“This has been brought to my attention and I sincerely apologize if I have offended anyone, especially in the Asian community, for what I said about throwing and being careful of Shohei Ohtani,” Morris began, before speaking of his respect for Ohtani’s talent. .

Bally Sports Detroit announced the suspension on Wednesday.

“Bally Sports Detroit is extremely disappointed with the remarks made by analyst Jack Morris during the Tigers game last night,” the network said in a statement. “Jack has been suspended from Tigers’ shows indefinitely and will be taking prejudice training to educate him on the impact of his comments and how he can be a positive influence in a diverse community. We have a zero tolerance policy for prejudice or discrimination and deeply apologize for his callous remark. “

The Tigers, who retired Morris’s number after he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, issued a similar statement.

“The Detroit Tigers take great pride in honoring the diverse cultures that make up our players, coaching staff, front office, fans and community,” said the team. “We are deeply disappointed with the comments made by Jack Morris on last night’s show. We fully support Bally Sports Detroit’s decision and their continued commitment to ensuring that all staff uphold the highest standards of personal conduct. “

The incident comes 31 years after Morris, during his playing days, told a young reporter that he “only talks to women when I’m naked whether they’re on top of me or I’m on top. of them ”. Morris, who was not naked at the time, was defended by then-team president Bo Schembechler, who slammed the Detroit Free Press for sending a reporter to the clubhouse.

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