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New York Knicks' radio has disciplined a host for repeating the racial slur used by ESPN employees on Jeremy Lin.
New York Knicks' radio personality, Spero Dedes, apparently showed poor judgment in referencing the racial slur that got two other sports anchors in trouble. Dedes was disciplined by Madison Square Garden Network on Tuesday for repeating the slur in a discussion about Knicks' point guard Jeremy Lin's weaknesses, according to Fox News.
Dedes used the phrase, which is an offensive reference to a person of Asian descent, during an interview with Hall of Fame Knicks' guard Walt Frazier.
Dedes apologized for the insensitive remark in a comment through the Knicks, saying he was sorry for offending anyone.
"I am deeply sorry that my unfortunate choice of words offended anyone, it was completely inadvertent," Dedes said. "I have apologized to Jeremy and I apologize to the Asian community if others were offended. I will be more sensitive to my choice of words moving forward."
MSG also said that Dedes regrets his comments and assured that he will disciplined.
"Spero deeply regrets the error and never intended to offend anyone, most particularly Jeremy, whom he holds in high esteem," MSG said in a statement. "We took appropriate action in dealing with this matter, but will keep details internal to the organization."
MSG added that Dedes' mentioning of the slur, while unintentional and inadvertent, was still inappropriate.
"The term … was inappropriate and inconsistent with the high regard we have for Jeremy Lin as a member of our MSG Family, as well as the Asian community," MSG said.
Tuesday's incident was the third time in less than a week that the offensive remark was made to describe Jeremy Lin's faults. ESPN analysts Max Bretos and ESPN mobile editor Anthony Federico were reprimanded for using the phrase. Bretos was suspended and Frederico was fired.
MSG has not announced their plans to discipline Dedes.