Soccer Commentator Apologizes for His Latino Remark

Jim Beglin made the comment about a penalized player from Argentina
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2021 2:00 PM CDT
Soccer Announcer Calls His Remark 'Unacceptable'
PSG's Neymar, left, challenges Manchester City's Fernandinho during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain.   (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

A CBS soccer commentator has apologized for attributing a red card to a player's "Latino temperament." Jim Beglin made the comment during a match Tuesday between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, ESPN reports. Angel Di Maria, who's from Argentina, had just been penalized for kicking a Manchester City defender. As he walked off the field, Beglin said, "It's that Latino temperament."

Social media erupted, per TMZ, and Beglin tried to correct himself minutes later on the air. "For anybody that's taken offense, I do apologize—sincerely apologize." He posted a statement later about his use of a "racial stereotype," per Sports Illustrated, saying, "I fully understand the severity of what I said." He continued, "This was inappropriate and unacceptable" and "I will learn from this and be better moving forward." Beglin, 57, is a former player. CBS has not commented on the matter. (More stereotypes stories.)

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