Hank Bauer, who has been associated with the San Diego Chargers for decades as a sports analyst has been suspended for the Chargers last preseason game of the upcoming football season.
In the final seconds of this past weekend’s broadcast of the Chargers vs. 49ers game on 105.3 KIOZ; Bauer told the old copper wire joke that has been labeled anti-Semitic.
The old joke is targeted at the stereotype of Jewish people being cheap. The joke basically suggest the invention of copper wire came about as a result of dropping a penny between two Jews. Although it didn’t seem as if Bauer had any malicious intent as the joke seemed to be pointed at play-by-play announcer, Josh Lewin. Bauer said the off-color joke in response to Lewin’s observation that while many 49ers fans had left the game early, if he were a paying customer he’d stay until the final whistle
No matter his intent, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) felt it necessary to suspend the popular analyst for at least one game for his remarks. The San Diego Chargers released a statement making it very clear that they didn’t suspend Hank and it was the decision of iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel). Read the full statement below.
“Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate. Per iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel)’s decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night’s game,” the statement said. “Hank has been a strong radio voice for the Chargers for the past 16 years and a passionate supporter of the team since his playing days. We look forward to Chargers fans receiving the same high-quality broadcast from Josh (Lewin) and Hank when he returns to the booth for the regular season.”