Knicks' Radio Voice Used Offending Phrase About Lin On Air
February 20, 2012 at 3:48 AM (PT)
The controversy over ESPN's use of a phrase incorporating a word which can be interpreted as a slur against Chinese people in a headline on a website story about the NEW YORK KNICKS' JEREMY LIN has spread to radio with the disclosure that KNICKS radio play-by-play voice SPERO DEDES used the same phrase on the post-game show FRIDAY on ESPN Sports WEPN-A (1050 ESPN)/NEW YORK.
ESPN issued an apology for the use of the phrase on the mobile version of ESPN.com late FRIDAY night and fired the responsible employee, and ESPNEWS anchor MAX BRETOS also apologized for his own use of the phrase on SATURDAY afternoon and has been suspended for 30 days.
In the network's apology, DEDES' use of the phrase was disclosed without naming him but noting that DEDES is not an employee of ESPN. DEDES is employed by MSG NETWORK, which produces KNICKS broadcasts aired on 1050 ESPN. MSG has not announced any reaction to DEDES' comment.