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N.F.L. Announcer Suspended After Jewish Joke

San Diego Chargers commentator will sit next game out after ‘cheap’ joke

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San Diego Chargers play at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA. (justasc / Shutterstock.com)

San Diego Chargers radio analyst Hank Bauer won’t be offering his usual color commentary during tonight’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. The football team suspended the longtime on-air presence for one game after an audio recording of him making a joke about Jews being cheap made the rounds online.

“Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate,” the team said in a statement. “Per Clear Channel’s decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night’s game.”

The offending remark came in the final minutes of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, when Chargers play-by-play announcer Josh Lewin—who happens to be Jewish—commented on how many people had left the San Francisco stadium before the game was over, citing the costly new seat licenses fans had to buy in order to secure season tickets.

Lewin: There’s a personal seat license you gotta pay for, and I’d sit in it for a long time. A lot of these fans used that seat for about an hour today.

Bauer: But then again, you know how copper wire was invented. Someone dropped a penny between Josh and his family member.

Bauer, for his part, issued a two-part apology on Twitter soon after the recording went viral:

It’s a canned apology, but at least he didn’t go with ‘some of my favorite co-commentators are Jewish.’

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N.F.L. Announcer Suspended After Jewish Joke

San Diego Chargers commentator will sit next game out after ‘cheap’ joke

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