Bally Sports Detroit also announced that Morris “will take 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 we deeply apologize for his callous remark,” the statement said.
The incident occurred in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game when Tigers announcer Matt Shepard asked Morris how the team should pitch to Ohtani, the homestroke leader expected later in that inning. Morris replied “be very, very careful” with a mocking Asian accent.
In the ninth inning, with Ohtani back at home plate, Morris apologized for the comment broadcast.
“Well folks, Shohei Ohtani is coming to the plate, and it has been brought to my attention, and I sincerely apologize, if I have offended anyone, especially anyone in the Asian community for this. that I said about tossing and watching out for Shohei Ohtani. Morris said.
“I didn’t mean to do anything offensive and I apologize if I did. I respect and have the utmost respect for this guy. And I don’t blame a pitcher for walking it. “
Morris – a Hall of Fame pitcher who won 254 games during his 18-year MLB career and won two World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays – has worked as a broadcaster since his retirement in 1995, including on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Blue Jays aired in 2013.
The Tigers released a statement Wednesday in support of Bally Sports Detroit’s decision to suspend Morris.
“The Detroit Tigers are extremely proud to honor the diverse cultures that make up our players, coaching staff, front office, fans and community,” the team statement read. “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. “
With files from The Associated Press.