Detroit Tigers TV analyst Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely by Bally Sports Detroit after using an accent when describing what Tigers should do when throwing. Shuhei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels.
Bally Sports Detroit said in a statement on Wednesday that it was “deeply disappointed” by Morris’ comments and that the former Major League player would undergo biased training to “educate him about the impact of his comments and how he can have a positive impact in a diverse community.”
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination and we deeply regret your insensitive comment,” the television network said.
The Tigers said in a statement that they were “deeply disappointed” by Morris’ comments.
“We fully support Detroit-based Bally Sports’ decision and continued commitment to ensuring that all individuals adhere to the highest standards of personal behavior,” the team said.
Morris apologized for his comments later on Tuesday night’s broadcast, saying before the ninth inning “I didn’t mean to do anything offensive and I apologize if I did. I definitely respect and respect this guy very much. And don’t blame Jug for walking with him.”
Morris made his earlier comment at the top of the sixth inning when Detroit-based Bally Sports anchor Matt Shepherd asked, “What are you doing now? Do with Shohei Otani?”
“Be very, very careful,” Morris said with an accent. Ohtani then deliberately walked away.
Morris, 66, a five-time All-Star who made 14 seasons with the Tigers, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. He’s in his second regular season on Tigers TV shows. Having returned in 2019.
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