Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Black athlete insults the Irish
An Olympic legend has been forced to apologize for a racist slur against the Irish on live television in Britain. Former decathlon champion Daley Thompson, who is black, could lose the chance to light the Olympic torch in London as a result of his gaffe. Thompson has been hit with a deluge of criticism since his anti-Irish joke on the BBC program The One Show. Program bosses were forced to apologize live on air twice after Thompson’s slur. The 53-year-old erred when he was shown a photograph of a torch bearer with the words OYLMPIC torch bearer tattooed onto her arm. Images of the misspelled tattoo have gone global on the Internet but Thompson took an anti-Irish stance when he commented on the photo and said: “The tattooist must have been Irish.” Presenter Matt Baker immediately informed Thompson that the tattoo had been done in the United States.