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TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:00 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 1:18 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

Remember Fox 5 San Diego sports anchor Ross Shimabuku, who implied a sexist slur about Danica Patrick on air last week?



He'll have an early spring break after being suspended for a week without pay by the station.

One of Shimabuku's on air reports last week made it clear he was no fan of Patrick calling "sexy and she knows it."

After cutting to a clip of the NASCAR star lamenting how sexy often seems to be the default description for female athletes, Shimabuku quipped that he had another word to describe her, one that "starts with a 'B'...and it's not 'beautiful.'"

Shimabuku's chaser to the piece was that Patrick "always has a chip on her shoulder, trying to prove something." 

About 24 hours after the video of his report went viral, Shimabuku released a statement of apology which read:

“I truly apologize if I offended anyone by those comments. They were not meant to be an attack on Danica.”

But by then the damage had already been done and managment chose to suspend the anchor.

Stay classy San Diego.

 
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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:40 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

Maybe he he meant Boob, Boogerhead, Breakout Star, Braindead or a million OTHER B words? Just like a woman to complain about being sexy. Newsflash to Danica! Why do you think GoDaddy is on the side of the car and the reason you put yourself in Maxim every year. Women can find a reason to &*%$# in a treasure room. If the shoe fits?



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:31 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

All I gotta say is DaniCANT



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:11 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

His non apology should get him fired.  When he says,"If I offended anyone" he is flat out lying.  His remarks were intended to offend not only Danica, but all other decent people as well.  He certainly offended me.  The he says his words which were without doubt an attack on Danica were "not meant to be an attack on Danica".  Anyone as stupid as he is and has so little command of the English language manifestedby his inability to understand the meaning of words should be permanently removed from any kind of reporting.  He is an embarrassment to his employer and his profession.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:54 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

Like you'd refuse all the endorsement money until you felt you won enough to deserve it? Look your family in the eye and tell them that lie. A big part of the race game is gathering sponsors...win or lose...Danica has done that...and it doesn't make her a bytch. 
What makes her a bitch, is the attitude she has toward someone calling her sexy(All the while, sprawly mostly naked on a car.)......  Which is all she's done.....  Sell SEX.  



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:36 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

He's the chink in Fox 5 San Diego armour. 



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:57 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

Breaking news, people. Remember the two hour delay when Blaney was sitting in front under the red flag and a downpour could have ended the race? Well, that is exactly the only scenerio that Patrick can win in nascar. Learn it! Live it! Case dismissed!



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:04 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

NASCAR didn't "lose" it's soul.  They outright sold their soul - big difference.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:50 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

They should ffire the twink for his little sly comment and being on television he should just leave the country. Don-MLB-FL

Nice job Don. This reporter s
hould leave the country for showing his distaste for someone? If that were the case 99% of the abc/nbc/cbs news media should leave the country. Get a grip, buddy and actually find out who she really is before defending her with a simpleton's remark. Sorry folks, I'm just in a rotten mood this evening.  



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:43 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

I didn't even read any of the comments on this one. Manica doesn't have the talent to be successful in racing. When you're coming up through the ranks with a boatload of money and the best equipment money can buy, it sometimes looks as if you have talent. Ask anyone who has been around her and seen what she really is. Sorry to say but she's exactly what the re[porter slyly referred to. In other words, I believe he actually met her. She is a miserable "no talent sponsorship machine". Manica fans mean as much to me as toyota fans - both are ignorant of what made this series great. Nascar, like our country, has lost it's soul.     
 



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:47 pm
 

TV reporter suspended for Danica comments

They should ffire the twink for his little sly comment and being on television he should just leave the country.


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