Sports News Without Access, Favor, Or Discretion

CBC Announcer On Hot Mic: "That Little 14-Year-Old From China...Went Out Like Stink, Died Like A Pig"

CBC is apologizing (or, in Canadian, ‘apologising’) after swimming analyst Byron McDonald spoke his mind about 14-year-old Chinese swimmer Ai Yanhan, whose performance in the 4x200m freestyle relay final allowed Canada to claim bronze in the U.S. dominated race.

McDonald, the University of Toronto swim coach, stated on a hot mic: “That little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby. Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.” CBC issued the following statement:

We sincerely regret that these statements were made, and that they were allowed to go to air. We moved quickly last night to apologize to our viewers on-air and to our followers on Social media [...] To be clear, Byron’s comments were related to the swimmer’s performance, not to her as an individual. That said, they were inappropriate and an unfortunate choice of words and Byron is very sorry for what he said.

Viewers were unhappy:



h/t to Jon

Share This Story

About the author

Timothy Burke

Timothy Burke is formerly Deadspin's Video Director.

PGP Fingerprint: CDD8 B3DD 3565 1540 B1F9 4D63 D2B5 398E 0CAF 2F9CPGP Key
OTR Fingerprint: 69085D53 4F369233 EA007F99 B4926AAD 8C458956