According to ESPN’s VP of Corporate Communications, Mike Soltys, ESPN put an early hammer on Cowherd’s departure from the network after poking at a nationality, and therefore, spurring controversy.
Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.
— Mike Soltys (@espnmikes) July 24, 2015
Colin Cowherd is known for his boldness and alacrity towards sports broadcasting, but ESPN resorted to shutting down his appearances, as Cowherd prepares for a transition to Fox Sports.
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— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) July 23, 2015
NBC Sports provided a further passage into Cowherd’s dialogue about Dominicans and baseball:
“The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have. Baseball is like any sport. It’s mostly instincts. A sportswriter who covers baseball could go up to Tony La Russa and make an argument and Tony would listen and it would seem reasonable. There’s not a single NFL writer in the country who could diagram a play for Bill Belichick. You know, we get caught up in this whole ‘thinking-man’s game.’ Is it in the same family? Most people could do it. It’s not being a concert pianist. It’s in the same family.”
In regards to his usual bickering, Cowherd stepped out of his comfort zone and made an unorthodox apology concerning his stance:
I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) July 24, 2015
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