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Chargers announcer suspended for anti-Semitic comment

Hank Bauer, a longtime broadcaster for San Diego Chargers games, has been suspended after making an anti-Semitic comment on the air last week.

After Bauer’s on-air partner Josh Lewin said at the end of last week’s game that he wouldn’t leave a game early if he had paid for the ticket, Bauer made a joke implying that Lewin is cheap because he’s Jewish.

As a result, Bauer is suspended for this week’s preseason finale. The Chargers issued a statement saying it was the broadcaster Clear Channel, not the team, that suspended Bauer.

“Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate. Per 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 and Hank when he returns to the booth for the regular season.”

Bauer apologized on Twitter.

“I made a hurtful insinuation that I regret and I would like to express how sorry I am. My poor choice of words were unfortunately open for negative interpretation, please know it was never my intention to offend any of my listeners. I hope you accept my apology,” Bauer wrote.

Bauer was a running back for the Chargers from 1977 to 1982, spent four seasons with the team as an assistant coach and has been broadcasting in San Diego for 27 years.

Photo via KGTV.

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60 Responses to “Chargers announcer suspended for anti-Semitic comment”
  1. gayforbrady says: Aug 27, 2014 2:40 PM

    White man can’t jump was a movie.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 27, 2014 2:40 PM

    The joke was funnier with Hank’s German accent.

  3. doe22us says: Aug 27, 2014 2:41 PM

    Oh boy.. this PC world that we live in smdh..

  4. ilikebjsongamedays says: Aug 27, 2014 2:41 PM

    A nation a crybabies

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:43 PM

    Overreaction. Why are people so sensitive these days.

  6. pillowporkers says: Aug 27, 2014 2:46 PM

    PC Police!

  7. blacknole08 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:47 PM

    I don’t think he should have apologized or been suspended. It’s a joke and I’m sure the other announcer laughed.

  8. bygd1 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:48 PM

    Yet a player can knock his girlfriend senseless and drag her around a hotel by the hair and only get two weeks, this world is totally screwed up

  9. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Aug 27, 2014 2:49 PM

    Jesus Christ! Crap, that’s going to cost me…

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 27, 2014 2:50 PM

    richie incognito is still unemployed.


  11. patfic5 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:52 PM

    Sticks and stones…

  12. beardinals says: Aug 27, 2014 2:54 PM

    Pretty soon white males are going to need affirmative action in this country.

  13. posmoo says: Aug 27, 2014 2:57 PM

    and if he would have implied he was cheap because he was black the earth would have stopped rotating on its axis and obama and sharpton would have called for a boycot.

  14. mack2x says: Aug 27, 2014 2:59 PM

    Modern society has become embarrassing.

  15. dmretrogames says: Aug 27, 2014 3:01 PM

    If the president had a son, he would look like Lewin.

  16. bonnovi says: Aug 27, 2014 3:02 PM

    I’m glad this as far as antisemitism goes in America, as opposed to Europe where a mob in Paris during a pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel demonstration surrounded a Synagogue calling for a Pogrom.

  17. scoops1 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:02 PM

    even Sandy Koufax would laugh at this joke

  18. timbuttrum says: Aug 27, 2014 3:03 PM

    Didn’t they make a movie about White Chicks too?

  19. parasolmonster says: Aug 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    Like with Bell & Blount, suspending someone for a preseason game (the fourth nonetheless) is the opposite of punishment.

  20. Commenting off the bench. . . says: Aug 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it Hank Bauer who was quick to jump in with his opinions when another Chargers announcer, Hacksaw Hamilton, supposedly said something that was insensitive?

  21. hjb99992013 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:06 PM

    Its a good thing this TV station didnt hear the late great Robin Williams’ skit on what it would be like in Heaven

    they would have crapped themselves in the cloak of political correctness

  22. craniator says: Aug 27, 2014 3:07 PM

    Beyond ridiculous.

  23. obamareallysucks says: Aug 27, 2014 3:08 PM

    When are blacks and other minorities held to the same or any standard?

  24. 6ball says: Aug 27, 2014 3:12 PM

    The “word police ” have surplus government equipment too. They’re called lawyers.

  25. lacarious says: Aug 27, 2014 3:14 PM

    over reaction

  26. mackcarrington says: Aug 27, 2014 3:14 PM

    People can make jokes about their own ethnicity but no one else can.

  27. iamkillerfin says: Aug 27, 2014 3:15 PM

    Everyone is WAY too sensitive these days, IDIOTS!!!

  28. davetrembley says: Aug 27, 2014 3:16 PM

    We’ve become so thin skinned as a society it is just ridiculous. People need to toughen up and lighten up at the same time.

  29. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 27, 2014 3:21 PM

    Booth guys are on the road with each other and after a while know each other pretty well. A little personal banter at the end of the game makes a broadcast interesting and keeps it light.

    They always make fun of the other’s habits, clothes, what they order in the restaurant etc.

    This will be soon forgotten.

  30. jdrewsy says: Aug 27, 2014 3:23 PM

    I didn’t know how copper wire got invented! Lighten up people!

  31. bonnovi says: Aug 27, 2014 3:25 PM

    We’ve become so thin skinned as a society it is just ridiculous. People need to toughen up and lighten up at the same time.


    People can become offended by comments that seem to be insignificant after having to deal with 2000+ years of oppression and millions upon millions being killed because of their faith.

  32. thegonz13 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:31 PM

    So what? It’s a lame joke and the only apology Bauer should issue is for telling it!

    And given the current context in the Middle East, using the term “anti-Semitic” in the title is a tad strong, if not misleading.

  33. gator2006 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:32 PM

    Not ANTI Semitic. Not quite the proper classification there.

  34. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 27, 2014 3:33 PM

    Its a long way from anti-Semitic and a short way from totally hilarious.

  35. bluenose1965 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:38 PM

    posmoo says:
    Aug 27, 2014 2:57 PM
    and if he would have implied he was cheap because he was black the earth would have stopped rotating on its axis and obama and sharpton would have called for a boycot.
    Don’t be ridiculous, the joke wasn’t about tipping. 😮

  36. thevikesarebest says: Aug 27, 2014 3:39 PM

    Thank god he didn’t smoke weed or else…

  37. mljohns says: Aug 27, 2014 3:40 PM

    Cry me a river, you crybabies! It’s “Politically Correct” when it offends anyone but a white guy. Give me a break…people are sick of years of taking stuff sitting down and I’m glad for it. And this guy…

    obamareallysucks says: Aug 27, 2014 3:08 PM

    When are blacks and other minorities held to the same or any standard?


    You really should get out more and stop letting the President have so much power over your life. It’s kinda pathetic…especially on a FOOTBALL site. Waaaaa…blacks and other minorities can say things I can’t. Get a life!

  38. hrmlss says: Aug 27, 2014 4:04 PM

    What does this have to do with Johnny Manziel or Michael Sam?

  39. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Aug 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    This whole country just needs a good belly laugh. When did we all become so hypersensitive and self-righteous? Lighten up, everyone.

  40. jerrysglassescleaner says: Aug 27, 2014 4:08 PM

    Yea you can argue all you want about freedom of speech rights we have but at the end of the day, hatred and offensive jokes are bad for business and no one wants them on their airwaves even if some people (especially me) find them hilarious. Especially if you are involved with the Chargers. They NEED more fans. Seriously.

  41. jjpmn says: Aug 27, 2014 4:16 PM

    “I don’t think he should have apologized or been suspended. It’s a joke and I’m sure the other announcer laughed.”

    -I heard the audio. Actually, the play-by-play announcer did not laugh. You could tell he knew his sidekick went too far (at least in today’s far too PC world) and changed the subject quickly.

  42. dannymac17 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    this is just silly.

  43. monnie11 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:24 PM

    hank didn’t need to apologize – his comment was funny. period.

  44. gromit45 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:26 PM

    Bauer and Lewin probably joke like that with each other all the time and neither is offended or needs to run to mama…I mean management.

    Unfortunately these days you just can’t do it while on the radio because someone *out there* will call you on it.

  45. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 27, 2014 4:28 PM

    People groups we are allowed to caricature include: white men, Catholic priests, blondes, and Republicans. Everyone else is off limits.

    Got it? Good.

  46. mediasloppy says: Aug 27, 2014 4:47 PM

    Those kind of jokes have always been a stereotype and considered a derogatory comment that has never been acceptable on the air unless your watching a stand up comedian. My question is. When did this Country decide that funny derogatory jokes grown people tell each other in small gatherings become so acceptable to be given free rein by people with big megaphones?

  47. mysterytonite says: Aug 27, 2014 4:48 PM

    Ha ha ha….It’s funny because he’s J&wi$h!

    -Leslie Chow

  48. Commenting off the bench. . . says: Aug 27, 2014 4:54 PM

    If it wasn’t a Semitic slur Lewin should step up and say that. One would figure the least Lewin would do is tell Clear Channel he’ll sit out as long as Bauer is out.

  49. gilperreault says: Aug 27, 2014 5:34 PM

    Redskins, ooops. Someone who owns this sight’s thin skin is going to get rattled

  50. gerard33 says: Aug 27, 2014 6:49 PM

    Hard to believe the attitudes reflected in these boards. Some shameful and pathetic people really need to grow up. I’m a white guy and yes PC has gone too far and liberals are sometimes silly but honestly check yourselves you’ve all just about gone crazy it looks like.

  51. mrlaloosh says: Aug 27, 2014 7:17 PM

    Go away. All of you.

  52. charger383 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:51 PM

    Ham at half price

  53. howleyesque says: Aug 27, 2014 11:52 PM

    While bigotry is stupidity overload, so is PC!

  54. mackie66 says: Aug 28, 2014 7:33 AM

    Hamas is rocketing Jerusalem on a daily basis and the networks are worried about some comment not meant to be harmful. Some of you people are “lost in space”.

  55. whodey1982 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:57 AM

    During his short suspension, Bauer (with the help of long-time friend Chloe) is planning on foiling multiple planned nuclear attacks initiated by China and Russia. He may also save the President’s life, if he has time.

  56. rcosborne59 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:26 AM

    Really suspended. It’s the spirit on how you say something that counts. It was obvious an attempt at harmless banter. Certainly not said in a hateful way.

  57. oldlthrneck says: Aug 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    I heard the remark, actually a recording of it, and it was inappropriate. I doesn’t matter what spirit it was said, wrong is wrong, in any setting, and what he said was wrong. He is lucky he only got of with a one preseason game suspension.

  58. deetrain11 says: Aug 30, 2014 8:02 PM

    obamareallysucks says: Aug 27, 2014 3:08 PM

    When are blacks and other minorities held to the same or any standard?

    Just MAYBE…..Because blacks as you say…..DON’T
    have a history of lynching, tar and feathering and enslaving and getting rich off of FREE labor. And not to mention….being privy to CENTURIES of affirmative action!!!!

  59. borisbulldog says: Sep 1, 2014 12:48 PM

    Silly Mr Bauer, everyone knows you can only call out minorities if you’re of the same minority!

  60. oddte says: Sep 3, 2014 1:32 AM

    The joke was only offensive because of how unoriginal it was. Hank Bauer is such a hack, I love the Chargers and he is brutal to listen to on the air. Trust me, Charger fans deserve a break from this guy for at least humanitarian reasons.

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