Cavs Sorry for 'Insensitive' Video Shown During Game

NBA team agrees with critics that it makes light of domestic violence
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2015 6:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have apologized after airing a video promo during last night's playoff game widely seen as making light of domestic violence, reports In the Dirty Dancing spoof, a male Cavs fan lets a woman crash to the floor after she jumps toward him because he realizes she's wearing a Chicago Bulls shirt. She's shown on the floor in pain, then later holding an icepack and wearing a Cleveland shirt. It's actually a "textbook narrative of domestic violence," says a blogger at Slate. The team "should have thought a little harder about this promo," adds a post at Deadspin. It seems the Cavaliers agree:

"Domestic violence is a very serious matter and has no place in a parody video that plays in an entertainment venue," says a team statement. "We sincerely apologize to those who have been affected by domestic violence for the obvious negative feelings caused by being exposed to this insensitive video."

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