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TBS analyst Ron Darling apologizes for using slur while talking about Masahiro Tanaka during ALDS

Alex Reimer
October 08, 2018 - 9:39 am

TBS analyst Ron Darling probably wishes he could have one back.

During Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees telecast, the former Mets ace used a racial slur to describe Masahiro Tanaka’s lack of command in the fourth inning. “Chink in the armor for Tanaka here,” Darling said, per the New York Daily News. “It’s the first inning he has lost a little of his control.”

Darling, who was born in Hawaii and mother is Chinese, issued an apology afterwards. He said his word choice was inadvertent. 

“Earlier tonight I used an expression while referencing Masahiro Tanaka’s recent pitching performance,” the statement read. “While unintentional, I apologize for my choice of words.”

Last season, NESN analyst Jerry Remy also had to apologize for comments he made about Tanaka. The beloved commentator complained about Tanaka being granted a translator during mound visits, saying the right-hander should “learn baseball language.” 

Even though Darling’s and Remy’s words appeared to be innocuous, it could’ve ended worse for them. Most infamously, an ESPN headline writer lost his job when he used the word “chink” in a headline to reference then-Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who had nine turnovers in a game.