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Hornets fire announcer who tweeted N-word


The Charlotte Hornets have fired radio broadcaster John Focke, the team announced in a press release on Thursday.

Focke tweeted the N-word during a Utah Jazz-Denver Nuggets game and was suspended, but now the Hornets are completely relieving him of his duties.

Focke, in a statement on Aug. 17, apologized for his tweet and said it was a mistake:

“Earlier today I made a horrific error while attempting to tweet about the Denver-Utah game,” then Hornets announcer John Focke’s tweet read.

“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 Hornets, who are owned by Michael Jordan, made the quick move to fire Focke since fans of the team weren’t happy, especially with the social climate we are living in right now.

Focke has worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. He hosts a weekly podcast for the Hornets’ website, but that will be taken down as well and the franchise will likely search for a replacement soon.

The Hornets were one of the eight teams not invited to Walt Disney World for the season’s restart. They went 23-42 this season