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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 Cleveland.com. 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:

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"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." (Read more Cleveland Cavaliers stories.)

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