ESPN host off air following insensitive comments
Radio host Colin Cowherd is no longer broadcasting for ESPN following insensitive remarks he made about baseball players from Dominican Republic, Walt Disney Co’s sports network said on Friday (July 24).
“Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees,” ESPN said in a statement. “Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”
Cowherd said on his national radio show ‘The Herd’ on Thursday (July 23) he did not believe baseball was complex and that 1/3 of the sport was from the Dominican Republic.
He added that the Caribbean nation had “not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities”.
His remarks were condemned by Major League Baseball and Players Association as “offensive”.
Cowherd’s comments sparked a reaction from Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, a Dominican Republic native, tweeting: “Dear Mr. @ESPN_Colin before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please.”
On Friday, Major League Baseball said in a statement that “Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”
Cowherd issued an apology via Twitter on Friday: “I did not intend to offend anyone with my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.”