For Pete's Sake

Canadian commentator caught saying Chinese swimmer ‘went out like stink, died like a pig’

The Associated Press

For all the great performances we’ve seen at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the announcing hasn’t been nearly at the same high level.

But NBC’s Al Trautwig, Dan Hicks and Chris Marlowe don’t have anything on this announcer from Canada, who was unaware that his microphone was on during a race late on Wednesday:

That’s Byron McDonald of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.

In the 800-meter relay race, 14-year-old Ai Yanhan swam for China. Canada got the bronze in the race, while China finished fourth.

The National Post reported that McDonald apologized.

“I would like to take a moment to apologize for a comment that I made last night after the women’s relay,” he said on during a broadcast, according to the Post. “I was referring to a swimmer’s performance, and not to them as a person. Needless to say, there was no disrespect intended and I’m very sorry.”

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