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Los Angeles Angels pitcher and slugger Shohei Ohtani responded to questions over the outrage directed at Bally Sports Detroit analyst and Hall of Fame player Jack Morris over a moment of perceived racism.
While calling the Tigers-Angels contest on Tuesday, Morris used an Asian accent to answer a fellow commentator’s question on how to stop Shohei Ohtani, which led to a prompt on-air apology from Morris.
When asked about the controversial moment from Morris, Ohtani reflected on the scene and gave a “no harm, no foul” answer. A translation of his response was made available before the postgame press, following the Angels’ win over the Tigers, 3-1, on Wednesday:
“I did see the footage and I heard it on video, but personally I am not offended. I didn’t take anything personally.”
On Wednesday, the Bally Sports Detroit network announced it had indefinitely suspended Jack Morris following the outrage and accusations of racial insensitivity. Morris will undergo bias training as part of his reconciliation with Bally Sports Detroit.
#ShoheiOhtani on @tigers broadcaster Jack Morris' comments and subsequent suspension:— CGTN Sports Scene (@CGTNSportsScene) August 19, 2021
🎙️"I did see the footage and I heard it on video but personally I am not offended, I didn't take anything personally."#大谷翔平 #MLB #野球 @Angels @Ohtani_Fans @Ohtani_MLB @shoheisaveus pic.twitter.com/vjY0U8wQYB
Ohtani’s cool response to Morris is a refreshing departure from the swift call for repercussions from far too many athletes. Ohtani seems to have assessed the situation and didn’t think that Morris evinced any kind of racial insensitivity.
As OutKick founder Clay Travis says, society has been conditioned to overreact first, then ask questions later, in order to foment cancel-worthy moments. Ohtani’s honest response to Morris’ controversy demonstrates reasonableness and a thick skin, which is always welcome.
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I like this dude even more now. That’s how mentally stable people normally react to such inconsequential things.
Exactly. Good guy. Rooting for him.
Well said and I agree completely
Its a shame the white men who suspended Jack Morris who is also white for days or maybe weeks. Can’t blame this on Cancel Culture or Woke Athletes. IJS
Let the fragility begin #AWMvictims
Well, Glenn from Mason, maybe you ought to read the article a little closer; it seems there was a bit of Cancel Culture and Woke athletes. involvement But don’t let the facts get in the way of a knee-jerk reply.
Yeah, Tiger management is run by Woke America? Just stop dude. You already look bad to begin with. The people who suspended the white guy was a bunch of other white guys. Stop looking for reason to show your AWM side. Stop being a victim, this is sports. The work is done in between the white lines. Come join us. Dont be scared
Asians: a racial group that doesn’t whine and complain and loot and have violent riots and burn down police stations and Wendy’s and cause $2 billion in property damage and assault police and bystanders over every perceived slight offense to their demographic category.
Wow, who would have thought such a thing would be possible? Well I guess it starts with not being a Mental MIdget so insecure about their self-worth that everything that can possibly be perceived as an insult to their race (“master bedroom”) becomes a tragedy of epic proportions. The shiny red button China loves to push – racial grievances.
a racial group that doesn’t whine and complain and loot and have violent riots and burn down police stations and Wendy’s and cause $2 billion in property damage and assault police and bystanders over every perceived slight offense to their demographic category.
You mean like Tulsa Oklahoma and Rosewood ? Trail of tears?
You mean like 100 year old examples. You are an idiot. Meritocracy also works with well paying jobs and intelligence.
Yeah like most Asian people I’ve known in my life they have an amazing sense of humor and love to self deprecate.
Obviously these fools have never experienced how racist Asians are to each other either lmfao.
I guess we can add class to Shohei’s impressive list of attributes.