Two CBS Sportscasters apologized Tuesday for insensitive comments made regarding A.J Wichita State Basketball player name.
During the Shockers’ game against Grand Canyon on Monday, commentators Chick Hernandez and Chris Walker jokes at the expense of Isaiah Burr Bear Chandler. Bear-Chandler’s name is a nod to his Native American heritage.
“I’ll let you say his name,” Walker said on the broadcast. “Is it Pooh Bear? Come on, you have to be kidding.”
Hernandez replied, “It’s not Pooh Bear.” “It’s Isaiah Pooh Bear.”
“He’s got a Pooh Bear on the back of his shirt—44,” Walker said.
“He’s one of the best names in college basketball,” said Hernandez.
“No, that’s the best name in college basketball. Pooh Bear? Come on. I was like, ‘Okay, let me look at my notes. Maybe there’s something wrong here,'” Walker added.
according to Bear-Chandler’s Wichita State Official BiographyBig Bear is 50% Native American, and the name “Poor Bear” is a direct reflection of his lineage. He was raised on a reservation in South Dakota as a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe.
After the match, Bear-Chandler condemned Hernandez and Walker’s comments in a Twitter post.
Hernandez and Walker met with Bear Chandler before the team’s game against San Francisco on Tuesday and they apologized. They also spoke publicly about the comments on Tuesday’s broadcast.
“Chris and I would like to take this time to publicly apologize to Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler, his family, the Native American community, NABC and the Hall of Fame Classic for our comments and lack of sensitivity surrounding Isaiah’s name during yesterday’s game,” Hernandez said on the broadcast. “We have asked and met with Isaiah this morning to personally apologize and express our deepest regret. We appreciate that Isaiah took the time to teach us the importance of his name and his legacy. We will continue to learn from this and keep moving better.”
“I cannot agree with you more. Once again, our sincerest apologies.
After apologizing, the Shockers addressed the situation in a statement.
Bear-Chandler returned to Wichita State after playing his junior season as a fourth year at Omaha. Now in his fifth year, Bear-Chandler had eight points and seven rebounds over 34 minutes in three games.
More college basketball coverage:
daily coverage: What every NFL team should be thankful for