Bally Sports Detroit reinstates Jack Morris 3 weeks after crass racial impression

September 09, 2021, 6:34 PM

Jack Morris and Shohei Ohtani

Detroit Tigers announcer Jack Morris will return this Friday from a short suspension for using a mock-Asian accent to discuss Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Bally Sports Detroit suspended the 66-year-old indefinitely and required he undergo racial sensitivity training following his remark during a live Aug. 17 Tigers broadcast, in which he said the team's pitcher should be “berri, berri, care-fuw,” in sending the ball to Ohtani.

Morris backpedaled two innings later, saying, "I sincerely apologize if I offended anybody, especially anybody in the Asian community... I did not intend for any offensive thing."

In suspending Morris, Bally said it was "extremely disappointed" and claimed, apparently falsely, that it has "a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination." Bally did not provide the Free Press with comment on Morris' reinstatement.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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