ESPN has decided to pull Colin Cowherd off the air after his outrageous comments about the intelligence of baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Read the full statement right here.
ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd, 51, has been pulled from the network after making derogatory comments about baseball players from the Dominican Republic during his show on July 23. Colin was already planning on leaving the network, but ESPN took a stand against his controversial remarks questioning the intelligence of players from the small Caribbean nation.
In shocking outburst on July 23, Cowherd said that baseball wasn’t a complex sport and that players from the Dominican Republic, which make up a third of the players playing in the MLB, have “not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have.”
ESPN responded with the following statement: “Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees,” the statement read. “Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”
One day later, Colin issued an apology for his actions on Twitter. He wrote: “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.”
His apology came after Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association demanded he apologized to all Dominican players. “Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game,” the organization said. “Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”
Despite manning up, Colin was told he wasn’t welcome back to ESPN and has now been cut from the network. Colin announced earlier in the week that he was leaving the company to explore another opportunity. He had been with ESPN for 12 years.
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— Jon Boon