One ESPN editor was reportedly fired for using an inappropriate headline about New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. Apparently that message did not get through to one of their on-air talent.
When Jon Anik left ESPN to go work for the UFC, he left an opening to host ‘MMA Live’. Max Bretos was awarded that position, but he will not be fronting that show for a month, after getting suspended today for using the same slur that got the online editor fired while commenting about Jeremy Lin.
Bretos was talking with Knicks legend Walt Frazier during an ESPNNews segment about Lin when he offered the insensitive remark.
Bretos said to Frazier, “He’s handled everything very well — as you said, unflappable — but if there is a chink in the armor, where can Lin improve his game?”
It’s inconceivable that this can happen twice in the span of a day or so, but indeed it did at the same network. Bretos claimed that he did not mean anything inflammatory by his remarks in an apology he posted to Twitter.
“Wanted 2 apologize 2 all those I have upset. Not done with any racial reference. Despite intention,phrase was inappropriate in this context,” Bretos wrote. “My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community. I have learned from this will make every effort to avoid something similar happening again.”
h/t: MMA Figthing