Colin Cowherd Dropped Early By ESPN Radio After Comments About Dominican Baseball Players
July 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM (PT)
COLIN COWHERD has been taken off the air early by ESPN after comments he made about Dominican baseball players touched off a controversy. COWHERD, who had announced that he would leave ESPN RADIO and ESPN television at the end of the month, was taken off the air after TODAY's show. The network issued a statement reading, "COLIN COWHERD's comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. COLIN will no longer appear on ESPN.”
On THURSDAY's show, while talking about BILL SIMMONS joining HBO, COWHERD ended up talking about the complexity of baseball, or lack thereof, saying, "'Baseball's too complex.' Really? A third of the sport is from the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. The DOMINICAN REPUBLIC is not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities. I mean, a lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds, and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have. Baseball’s like any sport. It’s mostly instincts." The actual percentage of players in MLB who are Dominican is much lower than COWHERD's one-third estimate.
On FRIDAY's show, after the MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION and TORONTO BLUE JAYS slugger JOSE BAUTISTA expressed anger over the comments, COWHERD defended himself by saying that DEADSPIN, which posted a clip of the initial comments, had edited the audio and video of the segment to 16 seconds out of 57 and took a shot at DEADSPIN parent GAWKER MEDIA for its recent legal troubles with HULK HOGAN. Late FRIDAY, ESPN pulled the plug on COWHERD's show after the baseball union issued a statement condemning the remarks as "inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game. Mr. COWHERD owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology."
And late FRIDAY, COWHERD tweeted an apology, writing, "I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry."