Christian Fauria, the sports commentator and former player for the New England Patriots, has been suspended from his job at Boston's WEEI Sports Radio, following an on-air, racist impersonation of sports agent Don Yee.
The imitation is incredibly offensive.
Don Yee, an incredibly successful sports agent who represents Tom Brady, deserves far more respect than this.
Deadspin on @christianfauria @weei attempt at humor...— Jonathan Choe NBC10 Boston (@choenbcboston) February 10, 2018
“This is a truly impressive amount of racism to pack into three and half minutes of sports radio.”
Don Yee reps Tom Brady and got @jimmyg_10 the richest contract in NFL history. Laughing to the bank. https://t.co/q2hN7K6C7a
Want to hear what racism sounds like? These dudes laughing at mocking Asians with a racist stereotypical accent/music infuriates me. Every Asian grows up hearing this crap but it just never ends. @carychowESPN @CassidyHubbarth @prim_siripipat @ESPNMichele @AAJAsports @TheHoChen https://t.co/1TXLQW8LkE— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 10, 2018
This should not be acceptable behavior!
WEEI didn't seem to have any problem with the segment until public backlash began.
fauria did that because he thought he could get away with it. the station posted the audio on its twitter account, so we clearly see why he thought he could. that and the fact they do offensive impressions of other people on that show and no one gets suspended. oh well.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) February 10, 2018
Earlier today during his show, Christian Fauria impersonated athlete agent, Don Yee in an insensitive and ill-conceived attempt at humor. We regret Christian’s commentary and we apologize to Mr. Yee and those offended by the segment.— WEEI (@WEEI) February 10, 2018
This is not good enough, @WEEI. Five days is nothing. This statement never uses the word “racist” or even “racially insensitive.” Alex Reimer faced harsher punishment for calling Brady’s kid a name than Fauria did for blatant racism. What message does that send? pic.twitter.com/sIg5OzZp7z— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) February 10, 2018
Fauria issued an apology via Twitter.
Earlier today I made a horrible attempt at humor. In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it.— christian fauria (@christianfauria) February 10, 2018
I have also reached out to Don directly to personally apologize. I have been disciplined by WEEI management and I fully support their decision.— christian fauria (@christianfauria) February 10, 2018
Fauria was suspended for 5 days, but his comments aren't the only problem:
And instead of firing the problematic personalities they employ, EEI just keeps issuing statements apologizing for their comments. What they should do is address the culture that keeps encouraging those comments & the bigoted audience that drives up the ratings.— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) February 10, 2018
Hopefully Fauria learns from his mistakes.
i think it’s important to note. there’s a quite distinct difference between “being a racist” and someone doing something racist. i don’t believe christian is a racist, or ill-intentioned, but actions like these perpetuate and enable dangerous stereotypes and are unacceptable.— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) February 10, 2018
also worth pointing out: alex reimer has been suspended for 15 days and counting for insulting brady’s kid. fauria suspended five days for mocking asian people.— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) February 10, 2018
It's time we address the racism within our culture.
As long as the bigotry brings in ratings, it will keep happening. It’s embarrassing and violent.— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) February 10, 2018