Cleveland Indians color commentator Rick Manning had something of an oops moment recently when he suggested that Shin-Soo Choo, a South Korean man, needed to eat a little more sushi.
It was one of those cringeworthy comments that he probably regretted as soon as it came out of his mouth, but that’s what happens when you’re announcing games live.
Fortunately, it happened at an Indians game. If you say something dumb at a game but nobody cares enough about the team playing to hear it, did you ever really make a sound?
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For what it’s worth, that video shows very little context. Someone commenting about this on SportsGrid said this: “…But as others have pointed out, they did go on to say that the players had all gone out to sushi beforehand, which if true would just make this an unfortunate case of foot-in-mouth disease.”
If that’s really the case, if they had really just been having a discussion about the players eating sushi beforehand, then this is a non-issue. If not, though, then this is a classic, offensive case of they-all-look-alike stereotyping.