Saturday, November 21, 2009

Clippers announcers suspended for comments about Iranian player



Per the LA Times, Clippers announcers Ralph Lawler and analyst Mike Smith were suspended for the following comments. The tone was indeed pretty insulting:

Smith: “Look who’s in.”

Lawler: “Hamed Haddadi. Where’s he from?”

Smith: “He’s the first Iranian to play in the NBA.” (Smith pronounced Iranian as “Eye-ranian,” a pronunciation that offended the viewer who complained.)

Lawler: “There aren’t any Iranian players in the NBA,” repeating Smith’s mispronunciation.

Smith: “He’s the only one.”

Lawler: “He’s from Iran?”

Smith: “I guess so.”

Lawler: “That Iran?”

Smith: Yes.

Lawler: “The real Iran?”

Smith: “Yes.”

Lawler: “Wow. Haddadi – that’s H-A-D-D-A-D-I.”

Smith: “You’re sure it’s not Borat’s older brother?”

Smith: “If they ever make a movie about Haddadi, I’m going to get Sacha Baron Cohen to play the part.”
Lawler: “Here’s Haddadi. Nice little back-door pass. I guess those Iranians can pass the ball.”

Smith: “Especially the post players.

Lawler: “I don’t know about their guards.”
Via.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post, but the motivations behind it are just foolish. These two guys might be idiots, but since when is a slight example of cultural insensitivity worth a suspension from one's profession. A warning, yes, but not this politically-correct overreaction.

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