Bali Sports Detroit has suspended color analyst Jack Morris from broadcasting indefinitely. He used an Asian accent. While Shohi Ohtani was coming to the plate during Tuesday’s game.
The network said in a statement that it was “extremely disappointed” with the Hall of Fame pot and noted that it would initiate “prejudice training” to understand the effects of its words.
Bali Sports added: “We have a zero tolerance policy for prejudice and discrimination and sincerely apologize for its frivolous comments.”
The Tigers backed the network’s decision to sideline Morris.
“The Detroit Tigers take great pride in honoring the diverse cultures that make up our players, coaching staff, front office, fan base and community,” the team said in a statement. “We are deeply disappointed with Jack Morris’ remarks during last night’s broadcast. We fully support Bali Sports Detroit’s decision and its ongoing commitment to ensure that all personnel are up to the highest standards of personal conduct.” Have fun
During the sixth inning of Tuesday’s Tigers Angeles game, play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard asked what Detroit should do with Otani’s plate.
“Be very, very careful,” Morris said in an Asian accent.
The next time Ohtani came on the plate, Morris apologized on air for his first remarks.
“Well people, Shohi Ohtani is coming to the plate and it has been brought to my attention, and if I offended anyone, especially anyone in the Asian community, I apologize for what I did to Pitching and Shohi. “I was told to be careful about Ohtani,” Morris said. .
“I did not intend to do anything offensive and I apologize if I did. I certainly respect this boy and respect him a lot and don’t blame the pitcher for walking on him.”
Morris, a 2018 baseball Hall of Fame inductor who spent 13 years creating pitches for the Tigers, was an analyst at the 2015 and 2016 Tigers Games and was reinstated in the same role before the 2019 season. Bali Sports has not yet named an alternative.
Ohtani finished with three walks from 1 to 3 at night as he continued to march towards the AL MVP. He leads all baseball with 39 homers and a .644 slugging percentage, while maintaining a 2.93 ERA on the hill.