Fox anchor apologizes for remark to Danica Patrick
Fox sports anchor Ross Shimabuka has issued an apology for an on-air comment he made toward NASCAR star Danica Patrick.
At the Daytona 500 last week, Shimabuka played a video of Patrick objecting to being called sexy.
“I don’t quite understand why when you’re referring to a girl, a female athlete in particular, that you have to use the word sexy,” she said. “Is there any other word you can use to describe me?”
Shimabuka replied with:
“Oh, I got a few words, starts with a ‘B,’ and it’s not ‘beautiful.’”
He added that Patrick is always trying to prove something.
Shimabuka was subsequently criticized by viewers and his fellow anchor Kathleen Bade for his alleged sexism. He has now apologized for his remarks and wished Patrick luck at the race.
“I truly apologize if I offended anyone by those comments,” he said. “It was not meant to be an attack on Danica, I’ve worked with her before in Phoenix. I think she’s great for the sport.”
He is not the first TV personality to get in trouble for a poor choice of words to an athlete on-air. Anthony Federico was recently fired from his position as an editor for ESPN after making racial remarks about New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin. TV anchor Max Bretos was suspended as a result of the same incident.