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Max Winters
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Max Winters

Canadian TV station forced to issue apology after commentator claims Chinese swimmer "died like a pig"

Following Tuesday's BBC commentary gaff where Paul Hand made a homophobic comment during a tennis match, there has been another commentator based incident.

Canada’s national broadcaster was forced to issue an on-air and online apology last night after one of its announcers said a Chinese swimmer at the Rio Olympics “died like a pig” when she lost a race.

Following the women’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay final, CBC commentator Byron MacDonald, who thought his microphone was off, said:

“The little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby. Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.”

CBC later issued a formal statement, with spokesman Chuck Thompson telling Postmedia: “We sincerely regret that these statements were made, and that they were allowed to go to air … To be clear, Byron’s comments were related to the swimmer’s performance, not to her as an individual."

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