Long-time announcer for the San Diego Chargers Hank Bauer let loose an anti-Semitic joke against his Jewish co-host Josh Lewin during a live radio broadcast over the weekend. Bauer quickly smoothed over the incident by saying that it was done “respectfully and endearingly,” but the incident was picked up by Deadspin, the San Diego ABC affiliate, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
At the end of a Sunday pre-season exhibition game by the Chargers against the San Francisco 49ers broadcast live on KIOZ 105.3, Lewin remarked that many personal seat ticket-holders had left the stadium early, but that given the high costs involved, he would be sure to “sit in it…for a long time” in order to get his money’s worth.
Bauer said there was “no question” that Lewin would get the maximum out of his seat, and added: “But then again, you know how copper wire was invented? Somebody dropped a penny between Josh and his family member.”
Lewin replied, a bit awkwardly, “OK, alright. We’ve got, let’s see, 30 seconds mercifully remaining in this game.”
Bauer quickly added: “I say that respectfully and endearingly, my partner.”
“Love you too, buddy,” Lewin replied, who did not seem personally put off by Bauer’s comments.
Not so a bevy of Twitter users, who have been up in arms over the incident, with some calling for Bauer’s resignation. However, an informal Internet poll organized by San DIego’s ABC affiliate showed that a huge majority of fans thought that Bauer, who has called the plays for the Chargers for decades, shouldn’t face serious repercussions over his words.