Colin Cowherd is off the air at ESPN effective immediately after comments that he made were deemed offensive to Dominican baseball players.
The 12-year ESPN Radio and televison personality was set to exit the network next week at the end of his contract for a new opportunity, viagra reportedly at FOX.
Cowherd came under fire Thursday for his comments on his radio show, remedy “The Herd”, stuff saying, “I’ve never bought into that ‘Baseball’s just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. 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.”
After his comments sparked outrage on social media, Cowherd argued in Friday’s show that his words were taken out of context and cited statistics to defend his position, according to ESPN.
“Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees,” ESPN said in a statement. “Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”
“I could’ve made the point without using one country, and there’s all sorts of smart people from the Dominican Republic,” Cowherd said, later adding, “I understand that when you mention a specific country, they get offended… And for that, I feel bad. I do. But I have four reports in front of me … where there are discussions of major deficiencies in the education sector at all levels. It wasn’t a shot at them. It was data.”
He later tweeted an apology, writing, “I did not intend to offend anyone with my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.”