“Jack has been suspended indefinitely from Tigers broadcasts and will be undergoing bias training to
educate him on the impact of his comments and how he can be a positive influence in a diverse
community. We have a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination and deeply apologize for his
The Tigers issued a statement along with Bally Sports.
“The Detroit Tigers take immense pride in honoring the diverse cultures that make up our players, coaching staff,
front office, fan base, and community,” the team said in a statement.
“We are deeply disappointed by the comments made by Jack Morris during the broadcast last night. We fully support Bally Sports Detroit’s decision and their ongoing commitment to ensure that all personnel are held to the highest standards of personal conduct.”
Morris was scheduled to do the entire three-game Tigers-Angels series.
Craig Monroe was to replace Morris in the booth for Wednesday night’s game, in which Ohtani will pitch for the Angels.
The incident happened in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s series opener between the Tigers and Angels at Comerica Park.
With the game tied at 2 and a runner on second and two out, Ohtani, the two-way sensation who has become the face of Major League Baseball, was coming to bat.
Tigers play-by-play man Matt Shepard asked Morris how he would pitch to Ohtani with a first base open. Morris responded, using a heavy accent: “Very, very careful.”
The clip quickly made its way around social media, with some criticizing Morris for the perceived use of a heavy Asian accent, while others heard differently.
The Angels declined to comment, and the Tigers did not respond to a request for comment after Tuesday’s game.
Angels manager Joe Maddon had not heard the clip when asked about it by reporters following Tuesday night’s game.
Asian American Journalists Association’s Sports Task Force quickly blasted Morris’ use of the accent, as well as his apology, which is called
“insensitive and ignorant, referencing only the words he chose but not the stereotypical, racist accent he used.”
The Asian American Journalists Association’s Sports Task Force quickly blasted Morris’ use of the accent, as well
as his apology, which is called “insensitive and ignorant, referencing only the words he chose but not the
stereotypical, racist accent he used.”
” Asian American Journalists Association Sports Task Force is disappointed and disturbed.
by Morris’ attempt to provide analysis on a live broadcast in this manner, especially at a time when Asians in the
The United States are experiencing a sharp increase in anti-Asian hate, which is resulting in harassment and attacks,” the association’s statement continued.
“In his analysis, would Morris have used an accent for an African-American player? A Hispanic or Latin player? An Irish or Italian player? Morris, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, should be held to a higher standard while serving a regional and national audience.”
Morris, 66, has been part of the Tigers’ TV booth since 2019, rotating in the analyst chair with Kirk Gibson, Dan Petry, and Monroe, and before that from 2015-17.
He was the ace of the 1980s Tigers, helping win the 1984 World Series championship, and he also won titles with
the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays (both of whom he’s also done broadcast work for), in an 18-year
a career that finally earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.