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ESPN Anchor Issues Apology To Golden Knights Player After Inappropriate Comments Towards His Name


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S. Harper
May 10, 2023  (7:48)
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The NHL has been working very hard when it's comes to racism around the League, and making it more welcoming for all.

So the jokes by ESPN Sports Anchor John Anderson made towards Vegas Golden Knights Zach White cloud definitely didn't go over well.
During Monday's game between the Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers Anderson made a inappropriate joke comparing Golden Knights defenceman Zach Whitecloud to toilet paper.
"What kind of name is Whitecloud?" Anderson asked during the highlights. "A great name if you're a toilet paper."

After taking heavy criticism including having Whitecloud contacting Anderson he made a formal apology Tuesday.
"This is totally on me and I sincerely apologize to Zach, the Golden Knights, their fans and everyone else for what I said," Anderson said in a statement. "It's my job to be prepared and know the backgrounds of the players and I blew it."

Whitecloud told reporters in Edmonton, Alberta, that he spoke with Anderson on Tuesday morning saying:
"I think it was an attempt at humor that came out as being obviously insensitive, and he acknowledges that," Whitecloud said. "He understands that it was wrong to say. I wanted to make sure he knew that I accepted his apology. People make mistakes, and this is a scenario where not just John but everyone can learn from and move forward in a positive direction and try to be better."

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Whitecloud is the first member of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to play in the NHL.
Whitecloud became emotional when speaking to reporters about his heritage saying:
"I'm proud of my culture, Whitecloud said. I'm proud of where I come from and where I was raised, who I was raised by. I carry my grandfather's last name, and nothing makes me more proud than to be able to do that. In our culture, we were raised to be the first ones to reach out and offer help, so that's why I reached out to John this morning.

Personally I don't think Anderson meant it to be racist in anyway more just a funny joke that sport anchors do gone wrong.
Source:Yahoo Sports
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ESPN Anchor Issues Apology To Golden Knights Player After Inappropriate Comments Towards His Name

Should John Anderson Get Punished For His Comments Or Honest Mistake?

Yes He Knows Better2558.1 %
No He Didn't Mean To Offend1841.9 %
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