High School announcer disciplined for alleged racist comments
An Ohio high school student, calling the play-by-play for a middle school football game, was disciplined for quoting a pro football announcer’s call, according to the Sandusky Register.
The 15-year-old channelled his inner Gus Johnson when a ball carrier, who happened to be Haitian, ran for a long gain.
“He’s got gettin’ away from the cops speed!,” said the young commentator, referring to a line now FOX sports broadcaster Gus Johnson once used to describe Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (above).
Gus Johnson, who is black, later half-heartedly apologized for his call.
“If there is a perception of racism in this analogy, it is not coming from me,” Gus Johnson said. “People of all races have run from the law. However, to those who are offended, I apologize.”
The Margaretta Schools student reportedly received death threats over the call and was “disciplined” by school officials (though they would not go into details regarding the discipline).
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