A Boston radio host has been suspended.
On Friday morning Ron Borges of the Boston Herald filed a column about Tom Brady’s reaction to yesterday’s Jimmy Garoppolo news. Brady’s former teammate is now the highest paid player in NFL history after just a handful of starts for the San Francisco 49ers.
Borges received a text from what he thought was Brady and Garoppolo agent Don Yee. According to his report, Brady was upset with the contract and planned to hold out until he received the same compensation from the Patriots.
The only problem is that “Don Yee” in the conversations was actually just a local Boston fan posing as the agent. “Nick in Boston” duped Borges, but was really just a WEEI caller.
Later that day, a WEEI radio host and former Patriots player, Christian Fauria got into hot water of his own. Fauria impersonated Yee, who is of Asian descent, with a stereotypical Asian accent.
Yee doesn’t have an accent. He was born in Sacramento, Cali., not far from Fauria himself.
The radio show even played audio of Yee’s voice, but Fauria still fell into an offensive stereotype regardless. All the while his co-hosts laughed along.
You can listen to audio of the segment here.
WEEI released a statement late Thursday night apologizing for the segment.
Earlier today during his show, Christian Fauria impersonated athlete agent, Don Yee in an insensitive and ill-conceived attempt at humor. We regret Christian’s commentary and we apologize to Mr. Yee and those offended by the segment. We do not support or condone Christian’s comments, and we have suspended him for five days effective immediately.
Later Fauria released his own apology as well.
Earlier today I made a horrible attempt at humor. In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it.
— christian fauria (@christianfauria) February 10, 2018