October 4, 2023

CBS Broadcasters Mock Native American School Basketball Participant

CBS Broadcasters Mock Native American School Basketball Participant

Throughout an NCAA basketball recreation this week, CBS sports activities commentators made enjoyable of a Wichita State participant of Native American heritage, mocking his title. 

In a recreation between Wichita State and Grand Canyon College, broadcasters Chick Hernandez and Chris Walker made jokes about Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler’s title, which is a tribute to his Native American heritage.

Poor Bear-Chandler is Oglala Lakota and grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. 

In the course of the recreation, Walker mentioned to Hernandez, “I’m going to allow you to say his title. Is it Pooh Bear? Come on, you bought to be kidding.”

Hernandez replied: “It’s not Pooh Bear. It’s Isaiah Pooh Bear … It’s one of many higher names in school basketball.”

“No, that’s one of the best title in school basketball,” Walker responded. “Pooh Bear? Come on.”

The feedback had been captured on Twitter and shortly unfold throughout social media.

Poor Bear-Chandler responded on Twitter after the sport: “So it’s okay to make enjoyable of my final title? Simply exhibits your capability to be critical in knowledgeable setting. Simply because my folks was virtually colonized doesn’t imply I don’t know the place I come from! #WeAreStillHere #WildOglala #TeachHim

After the incident brought about an uproar on social media, Hernandez and Walker met with Poor Bear-Chandler earlier than his staff’s subsequent recreation and apologized to him. Additionally they commented on the state of affairs on the air Tuesday.  

“Chris and I want to take this time to publicly apologize to Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler, his household, the Native American neighborhood, the NABC and the Corridor of Fame Basic for our feedback and lack of sensitivity surrounding Isaiah’s title throughout yesterday’s recreation,” Hernandez mentioned. “We requested for and met with Isaiah this morning to apologize in individual and specific our deep remorse. We recognize Isaiah taking the time to coach us on the importance of his title and his heritage. We’ll proceed to study from this and be higher shifting ahead.”

“I couldn’t agree with you extra,” Walker mentioned. “And once more, our sincerest apologies.”

After the on-air apology, the Wichita State Athletic Division launched a press release that included a nod to Poor Bear-Chandler for the way he dealt with the state of affairs: “To his credit score, Isaiah facilitated an academic and enlightening dialogue participating quite a few people, together with CBS Sports activities Community’s on-air expertise. Isaiah strongly needs for this unlucky circumstance to function a optimistic studying alternative in assist of the Indigenous neighborhood.”

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