Hornets Broadcaster John Focke Suspended Indefinitely After Tweeting Racial Slur

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2020

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The Charlotte Hornets announced they suspended radio broadcaster John Focke indefinitely after he posted a tweet that included the N-word.

According to the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell, Focke was commenting on the Denver Nuggets' 135-125 overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Monday when he wrote the N-word in place of Nuggets.

Focke issued a statement Monday to say he "made a horrific error while attempting to tweet about the Denver-Utah game."

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He declined to comment further when Bonnell reached out.

The Hornets hired Focke in April 2019 to serve as their radio play-by-play announcer. He had previously called games for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA.


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