Anti-Semitic Joke Gets San Diego Chargers Radio Analyst Hank Bauer Suspended
August 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL has suspended SAN DIEGO CHARGERS radio analyst and former player HANK BAUER for one game for making an anti-Semitic joke in the waning moments of the CHARGERS' pre-season game against the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS this week, which aired on CLEAR CHANNEL Active Rock KIOZ (ROCK 105.3) and Sports KLSD-A (XTRA 1360)/SAN DIEGO and the team's radio network.
BAUER made a joke at the expense of play-by-play broadcaster JOSH LEWIN during a discussion of the high price of 49ERS tickets at the new LEVI'S STADIUM in SANTA CLARA and the way the expensive seats subject to personal seat licenses emptied out; BAUER told the joke of "how copper wire was invented," awkwardly saying that it was when "somebody dropped a penny" between LEWIN and "a family member." LEWIN immediately moved on, but BAUER appeared to realize he had said something offensive, adding, "I say that respectfully and endearingly, my partner." LEWIN responded, "Love you too, buddy," then wrapped up the play-by-play. The exchange made it to DEADSPIN, prompting national coverage and the suspension.
A statement from the CHARGERS appearing in U-T SAN DIEGO said, "Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate. Per CLEAR CHANNEL's decision, HANK will not be broadcasting THURSDAY night's game. HANK has been a strong radio voice for the CHARGERS for the past 16 years and a passionate supporter of the team since his playing days. We look forward to CHARGERS fans receiving the same high-quality broadcast from JOSH and HANK when he returns to the booth for the regular season."
And BAUER tweeted, "I made a hurtful insinuation that I regret and I would like to express how sorry I am. My poor choice of words were unfortunately open for negative interpretation, please know it was never my intention to offend any of my listeners. I hope you accept my apology."