Charlotte Hornets: Team announcer accidentally uses racial slur in tweet

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While the NBA embarks on its playoff session, one Charlotte Hornets announcer made a mistake during the first day of playing.

Just like many teams, the Charlotte Hornets are sitting at home watching, as other teams compete for the chance to win the NBA title. During the first day of playoff basketball, a Hornets reporter made the mistake of using the wrong word in a tweet.

One of the first games that fans got to watch yesterday was between the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz. This one was a nail bitter, as both teams looked like they could not be stopped from scoring.

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During the game, Hornets’, John Focke, radio voice made the mistake of using a racial slur in his tweet. Following this incident, Focke deleted the tweet and took to Twitter to apologize for this mistake.

In Focke’s tweet, he told fans that he did not know how he mistyped the word “Nuggets.” He continued by taking responsibility for his mistake and said that he had been sick to his stomach ever since it happened.

Following those incidents from Monday night, the team announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that Focke has been suspended indefinitely. The team will keep him suspended as they investigate the matter closely.

Focke was initially signed by the Hornets to be the team’s radio voice broadcaster last April. Before being hired, Focke had won the 2017 Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year Award by the National Sports Media Association.

If the Hornets end up firing Focke, the team would be looking for its third new play-by-play announcer in the last three years.

As the Charlotte Hornets investigate this matter regarding John Focke, the team will also be looking forward to October, where Free Agency and the NBA Draft will occur. Fans can expect to see the Hornets back in action in December of this year.

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