Charlotte Hornets Fire Broadcaster Over Tweeting Racial Slur

The Charlotte Hornets have fired broadcaster John Focke after he "mistyped" a racial slur while live-tweeting a game in early August.

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The Charlotte Hornets have fired broadcaster John Focke after he was suspended indefinitely for mistyping the n-word while live-tweeting a game in August.

"The Charlotte Hornets announced today that John Focke will not return as the team’s radio broadcaster due to a violation of the organization’s social media policy,” the statement read. “Since this is a personnel matter, the organization will not comment any further."

Focke released a statement of his own immediately following the Aug. 18 tweet he sent.

"Earlier today I made a horrific error while attempting to tweet about the Denver-Utah game,” he wrote. “I don’t know how I mistyped, I had (and have) no intention of ever using that word. I take full responsibility for my actions. I have been sick to my stomach about it ever since. I’m truly sorry that this happened and I apologize to those I offended."

The organization's immediate response was to suspend Folke and release a statement describing how it does not tolerate hate speech, accidental or otherwise. 

"The Charlotte Hornets are aware of the recent social media post by radio broadcaster John Focke," the statement read. "As an organization, we do not condone this type of language. John has been suspended indefinitely as we investigate the matter more closely.”

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