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Vancouver Sun apologizes for calling Jordan Subban ‘dark guy in the middle’

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The Vancouver Sun issued an apology on Wednesday morning after publishing a photo on Tuesday night that referred to Canucks defenseman Jordan Subban as the “dark guy in the middle.” The caption, which was written by a photo service, also appeared on the Province website for a brief time.

The photo showed Subban — the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens start PK Subban — celebrating with his teammates. Typically his position would have been described as something like “third from the right,” but the person who wrote the caption chose to use the color of his skin instead. Vancouver Sun editor Gillian Burnett apologized for overlooking the caption.

The Sun changed the caption and also issued an apology through their official Twitter account.

H/T SB Nation
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ESPN admits to paraphrasing text messages between Ray Rice and Steve Bisciotti

Ray Rice RavensWhen ESPN’s Outside the Lines released its bombshell report that exposed the Baltimore Ravens for allegedly covering up the Ray Rice elevator video, one of the most interesting chunks of information involved some text messages that team owner Steve Bisciotti sent to Rice after releasing him. The general idea of Bisciotti’s offer to Rice was captured in the OTL report, but was the way the World Wide Leader delivered the information irresponsibly inaccurate?

When you look at the way Bisciotti’s texts were included in the OTL report, the only reasonable assumption is that they were directly quoted.

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Almost anyone who read that part of the report would assume the italicized words implied a direct quote from the texts. However, the Ravens later released the exact text message exchange that Bisciotti had with Rice in a statement addressing the OTL report. ESPN acknowledged on Tuesday night that it could have been more clear with the presentation of the messages.

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Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer praise NFL’s handling of Ray Rice (Video)

Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer knew they would have to address the Ray Rice situation at some point while announcing the San Diego Chargers-Arizona Cardinals game on Monday night, and they still did a horrible job of preparing. Their biggest mistake was praising the NFL’s handling of the situation.

You can watch the video of the cringe-worthy discussion the two broadcasters had over at Deadspin. First, Dilfer began by talking about some football team he coaches and how the NFL did a great job sending a message to high school kids by suspending Rice indefinitely.

“The NFL sent a strong message,” Dilfer said. “It’s more than being a great football player, you’ve got to win off the field as well.”

Berman agreed. He also thinks Roger Goodell and company sent a powerful and admirable message.

“I think the NFL, which prides itself on being leaders — it’s even larger than just football,” Berman said. “As you suggest, youth football — the NFL has an obligation, in my mind, to help those who need help right now. We could make a list of what that means, but this is something that (you) take a leadership role in society. There are those who need help right now. Get involved. The message is clear to anybody playing football.”

Just as Berman was about to finish his thought, it was almost as if divine intervention took over and stopped him from spewing anymore nonsense.

What the hell were these two talking about? The way they were talking, you would swear the whole two-game suspension thing never happened. Their praise would have made sense if the NFL didn’t cover up the video and brought the hammer down on Rice in the first place. Berman and Dilfer should be embarrassed.

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Video via The Big Lead

Fox & Friends host cracks stairs joke about Ray Rice elevator video

Brian KilmeadeWhen discussing the Ray Rice punch video, it’s probably best to avoid jokes about the situation. FOX & Friends TV show host Brian Kilmeade is probably learning that today.

FOX & Friends played the Ray Rice video on their show Monday morning and brought up that Rice and Janay Palmer got married even after the fight. They then talked about how Rihanna went back to Chris Brown after the domestic violence incident and transitioned into the Jay-Z/Solange fight.

That’s when Kilmeade got cute.

“I think the message is take the stairs.”

I think the message is think before you speak.

ESPN (sort of) apologizes for Michael Sam shower report

Michael Sam RamsAfter initially defending its report about Michael Sam’s shower habits in the St. Louis Rams locker room, ESPN finally received enough pressure from the masses to issue a half-hearted apology on Wednesday.

“ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,” the network said in a statement. “Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”

For those who missed it, Josina Anderson discussed how Sam is fitting in with his teammates by passing along information she got from players about when and with whom Sam has been taking his showers. One Rams defender supposedly said Sam is “respecting our space” while two others said they weren’t keeping track of when the former Missouri star cleans himself. Shocking, I know.

[WATCH: ESPN shares report about Michael Sam's showering habits]

Rams defensive end Chris Long later sent a tweet directed toward ESPN, basically saying Sam’s sexual preference is no longer a topic of interest for anyone but the World Wide Leader. ESPN initially defended Anderson’s reporting on Tuesday.

“In response to recent questions about Sam fitting in with the team, multiple Rams brought up the shower topic and we relayed that information as part of our reporting,” the network said, via Shutdown Corner.

We get that Anderson was just passing along information, but it didn’t seem like there was enough there to constitute a news story. To me, the report represented an uncomfortable invasion of privacy.

Chargers announcer Hank Bauer suspended for Jewish joke (Audio)

San Diego Chargers radio color commentator Hank Bauer was suspended from broadcasting the team’s final preseason game on Thursday after telling an anti-Semitic joke at the end of Sunday’s broadcast.

In the closing seconds of Sunday’s Chargers-49ers preseason game, Bauer, broadcasting on 105.3 KIOZ, cracked a Jewish joke about how copper was invented (drop a penny between two Jewish people).

“But then again you know how copper wire was invented? Somebody dropped a penny between Josh and his family member,” said Bauer. “I say that respectfully and endearingly, my partner.”

The joke was aimed at play-by-play voice Josh Lewin, a Jewish announcer, who commented about the crowd leaving early and said he would have stayed the whole game if he were a paying customer.

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Bauer made the following apology on Twitter Tuesday:

The Chargers issued a statement in response and said it was Clear Channel, the broadcasting company, that decided to suspend Bauer for the game.

“Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate. Per Clear Channel’s decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night’s game,” the statement said. “Hank has been a strong radio voice for the Chargers for the past 16 years and a passionate supporter of the team since his playing days. We look forward to Chargers fans receiving the same high-quality broadcast from Josh (Lewin) and Hank when he returns to the booth for the regular season.”

FOX host Eric Bolling asks Mo’Ne Davis about playing a ‘female friendly’ sport like soccer

Mo’Ne Davis is the star pitcher of the Taney Dragons of Center City Philadelphia and led her team to the Little League World Series. She will become the 13th girl in over 68 years to participate in the Little League World Series, and she’ll be counted on to take her team for a ride.

But should Mo’Ne be playing Little League baseball or a more “female-friendly” sport?

“FOX & Friends” interviewed Davis on Wednesday and host Eric Bolling asked her about playing Little League instead of a more “female-friendly sport” like soccer.

I’m not sure exactly what Bolling was trying to ask because he worded it so poorly. He didn’t even ask a full question. But his implication was that girls shouldn’t be playing Little League. I’m sure hearing comments like that have to do wonders for Davis’ self-confidence. As if she didn’t already feel different enough because of her gender, now she has media members reminding her of that. Hopefully she keeps playing until she no longer wants to.

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