SAN DIEGO (AP) A CBS announcer has apologized to a Polish-born Gonzaga player for using a derogatory term while describing the defense Oklahoma State was using against Przemek Karnowski.
In an effort to make a comeback in the second half, Oklahoma State started deliberately fouling Karnowski, who is a poor free throw shooter. Andrew Catalon, the play-by-play announcer for the game, called the strategy ”Hack-a-Polack.”
Catalon’s broadcasting partner, former NBA player Mike Gminski, who is of Polish descent, immediately responded, ”Easy now,” and chuckled at the comment.
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Catalon apologized on the air for using the term, and then found Karnowski after the game to apologize to him personally.
Karnowski tweets that he appreciated the apology.
A CBS spokeswoman says Catalon will be calling games when they resume on Sunday in San Diego.