NCAA Tournament 2014: CBS Sports announcer apologizes for ethnic slur

CBS play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon has apologized after using an ethnic slur during the broadcast of the second half of Friday night’s Gonzaga-Oklahoma State game during the NCAA tournament.

With less than three minutes remaining and Oklahoma State intentionally fouling Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski, who is Polish, in an attempt to cut into Gonzaga’s lead, Catalon referred to the Cowboys’ strategy as “Hack-a-Polack.”

Catalon apologized later in the broadcast.

The announcer later took to Twitter to apologize. Karnowski tweeted that Catalon had personally apologized to him following the game.

 

 

Catalon’s broadcast partner, Mike Gmniski, who is also of Polish descent and initially cautioned Catalon on air by saying “Easy now,” also tweeted words of support.

 

A CBS spokesperson said Catalon will continue to broadcast second-round games this weekend, according to multiple reports.

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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