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Fox fires Steve Lyons for no good reason

Tom Brenneman (unwittingly) makes fun of a blind guy wearing a device that helps him see the game, issues an apology the next day, and all is well. Steve Lyons says something about a wallet after saying something about espanol and gets fired. Nevermind that the two statements were completely unrelated.

After Lou Pinella said something about Marco Scutero’s production being akin to finding a wallet on Friday and expecting it to happen again the next Friday, he added that the A’s were “frio” and needed to get “en fuego”. Steve Lyons said that Pinella was “hablaing espanol” and he still couldn’t find his wallet. From this, Fox made the connection that Lyons was claiming Lou (and other hispanics) steal wallets. If anything, the execs over at Fox are the ones who are racists. Most people watching it took it to be a friendly jab at Lou Pinella, his broadcast partner, not a racial remark. As far as we know, no hispanic leaders complained about the remarks.

For his part, Lyons apologized but said that the comment was not racially motivated and that Fox jumped to conclusions.

My joke was about a wallet. It had nothing to do with race. We were all laughing at the time. I’m being painted as a victimizer of Lou. At dinner later (with Fox announcers and production staffers), we all thought it was one of our better exchanges… I’m happy to apologize to anybody who took it that way. But it seems like a real stretch to lose your job over. It’s hard to understand.

So the moral of the story is this: you can make fun of the handicapped all you want as long as you apologize but don’t even think about linking two statements together if one of them has anything to do with race. Someone at Fox needs to take Logic 101. For example, here are two statements: 1) Tim McCarver sucks as an announcer. 2) Tim McCarver is white. The execs at Fox would conclude that white people suck at announcing. Meanwhile, most people would just conclude that Tim McCarver sucks — which is pretty much just a universal truth by now.

[Orlando Sentinel]: Fox Fires Lyons for Insensitive Comment
[USA Today]: Lyons defends honor after dismissal by Fox
[YouTube]: partial video of Steve Lyons comments

By Vin

Vin is a Philly boy who shouldn't be invited into your house because he'll judge you on your book and music collection. He owns Dawkins, Utley, Iverson, and Lindros jerseys, which is all you really need to know about him. He can be reached at [email protected].

3 replies on “Fox fires Steve Lyons for no good reason”

Steve Lyons —     I’d rather explain to my children what sort of prejudices Steve Lyons’comments might have meant than to explain away Tim McCarver’s bastardization of the English language almost every inning. It’s way easier to watch the game and listen to to someone who can speak correctly, and point out something we didn’t see, than to have to listen someone repeatedly saying “away, away, inside and away” and not knowing a discriptive adjective if it hit him in his over sized catcher’s mitt.

hahahah — for some reason that gave me a nice chuckle.

Here’s what I’ve been thinking lately.  How come people really only can name a couple of bad announcers in baseball but in football it seems the majority of the announcers are terrible?  I can’t even watch a game with Dan Dierdorf annoucing anymore.  Thank god Paul Maguire is off the NFL but that still leaves us with Joe Theisman.  And that’s just 2 (3) of the NFL announcers who suck.  There are plenty more.

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