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.
I sincerely apologize for my poor choice of words and insensitive remark during the Gonzaga-Oklahoma St game.
— Andrew Catalon (@AndrewCatalon) March 21, 2014
Mr. @AndrewCatalon has just apologized in my person and I really appreciate it! But the most important thing right now is we have this W!
— Przemek Karnowski (@PKarnowski) March 21, 2014
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.
My partner, Andrew Catalon apologized to Mr Karnowski. As a man of polish descent, I stand by him. He is not mean spirited in any way.
— Mike Gminski (@mikegminski) March 22, 2014
A CBS spokesperson said Catalon will continue to broadcast second-round games this weekend, according to multiple reports.
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