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This was not a first-time offense for Lyons
Did anyone else read the entire AP report? The line about his pants is so out of nowhere. They just snuck it in there. Hilarious.
Lyons also hates Jews.
I don't think you particularly have to strain to see the racially insensitive aspect of that comment.
I don't think Lyons could reasonably claim that Hispanics shouldn't be offended by a suggestion that one has to watch one's wallet around them, because they are likely to steal it.
If you define "wrong" simply as "deliberately intending to hurt somebody" then, maybe, no. But that is not the issue here. Making comments like this shows a lack of awareness and poor judgment on the job, and it is lack of awareness and poor judgment which often lead to the kind of behavior that labeled as "insensitive." Whether that's an offense which warrants termination is up to the discretion of the employer.
39 posts and no one has mentioned that he should have his kids taken away?
That other people will be offended. This isn't complicated.
Joe Buck: [on Lo Duca's recent gambling and adultery scandals] "I can't help but think that Baseball might've avoided these kinds of problems altogether by not letting Italians in the league in the first place."
McCarver: "Right you are, Joe."
Tim McCarver: "I was talking to So Taguchi on the field before tonight's game, and I have to say, for an Eskimo, he doesn't smell that funny."
Joe Buck: Huh.
Tim McCarver: "Hey, it's Rick Sutcliffe, Jeff Brantley, John Kruk, Karl Ravech, and Bill Plaschke! What're you guys doing in the booth?"
Bill Plaschke: "We thought we'd stop by before we return to our places of work to give inappropriate hugs to the interns. And then we're meeting at Kruk's place later to eat a giant panda."
Joe Buck: "Wish I could join you, because I hate baseball, but Tim and I have to finish ruining the game for all the viewers at home. Then we're high-tailing it to Brooklyn to beat up some Gypsies before we have to catch our plane back to St. Louis, or, as Tim calls it..."
Tim McCarver: "... Vatican City West. Ha ha! God, I hate Catholics."
Rick Sutcliffe: "Me, too. And women."
(*) Hispanic is as much or as little a "race" as other "races." (The census bureau says no, but other government agencies say yes.) It's not as if the word has only one, scientifically-established meaning.
"Racially insensitive" is one of those weasel phrases that allow people to throw around accusations without having to be concrete, or have any real evidence. If one calls someone racist, people expect that one can demonstrate actual racial animosity on the part of the accused. But "insensitivity"? One doesn't even have to show intent; one can just claim to be offended.
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