On Sunday, Fox Sports Florida contributor Emily Austen tweeted the following apology for a series of misguided and career-costly remarks about Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love and various ethnic groups, uttered during a Barstool Sports Facebook Live discussion:
I made a terrible mistake. I was in an environment where I was trying to be funny and make a joke, and my comments were insensitive. You can trust this was absolutely not my intention. Anyone who knows me knows that it is not how I truly feel. I will continue to work hard to prove myself and make things right. I know I have some growing to do, and I sincerely apologize. Something like this will never happen again.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, who had already contacted a half-dozen broadcast sports industry figures to get reaction to the initial controversy, circled back to ask his anonymous panel what they thought of Austen’s apology. The group was split, with the following comments typifying the not-impressed side:
The sports television host: I mean, I suppose she does take responsibility for her actions. I read it however and think, ‘Why would you believe those comments would be viewed as funny?’ This apology has the feel of regret over getting caught rather than an understanding of why her words were hurtful to others.
A number of Austen’s other peers believe the apology is a good start. Read the rest of the panel’s thoughts here.
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