Two sports announcers have been fired after bashing high school students, reportedly during an incident with a hot microphone.
Jim Carter and Steve Shaw have criticized the girls of two basketball teams for their weight.
They talked about finding “uniforms that fit the girls”, local media reported.
A Maine radio station has fired two sports announcers for ridiculing the appearance of high school girls during a live broadcast of their basketball game.
WHO-FM fired Jim Carter and Steve Shaw on Thursday after receiving complaints from parents about comments they made about teenage girls’ weights, the Portland Press Herald reported.
The two announcers had watched a live broadcast of a college basketball game between Easton High School and Central Aroostook High School.
“Two girls here are extremely overweight,” said one, apparently on a hot mic, according to the Press Herald. “Awful.” Laughter followed the derogatory comments, the outlet reported.
Shaw then talked about finding “uniforms that fit girls,” and Carter singled out one of the girls by her uniform number. “Wow,” he said, according to NBC affiliate WCSH. “Would you like to look at it?”
School districts overseeing both Easton and Central Aroostook did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
But in a statement to WCSH, Easton Superintendent Mark Stanley said he became aware of their disparaging comments Thursday night.
“We’re a small school here, we know all of our kids very well, we’re lucky in that regard, and so we know all the players from this team that are being talked about,” he said. “I think the anger is probably the reaction everyone had when they saw and heard what happened.”
Shaw and Carter had been streaming games and providing commentary for about a month, the Press Herald said. Shaw is a former athletic director at Easton and Carter a former coach at another school.
Neither Carter nor Shaw realized his microphone was on while making the remarks, the Press Herald reported.
The parents were outraged upon hearing these remarks.
Joseph Leach, who has a daughter who plays for one of the teams maligned by Carter and Shaw, told the Press Herald he felt “mostly in shock”.
“I was home after the games and someone shared the video with us, and I knew straight away it was Jim Carter and Steve Shaw talking, and I really couldn’t believe what ‘they were saying, honestly,” Leach said.
Carter told the Press Herald that he apologized to the superintendent.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Carter said. “Hopefully everyone can get out of this and be okay.”
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