CBS announcer and Albany resident Andrew Catalon, who for years served as a local sportscaster at WNYT, has apologized to a Gonzaga player for using an ethnic slur Friday to describe a defense used by Oklahoma State.
During the second half of the NCAA Tournament Game, Oklahoma State began fouling Przemek Karnowski. Catalon called the team’s strategy against the Polish-born player a “Hack-a-Polack.”
He apologized on air later in the broadcast, and then again on Twitter, where he wrote: “I sincerely apologize for my poor choice of words and insensitive remark during the Gonzaga-Oklahoma St game. I am truly sorry and I have personally spoken and apologized to Przemek Karnowski, who was very gracious in accepting my apology.”
Karnowski, who describes himself as “Proud to be Polish” in his Twitter bio, also tweeted Friday: “Mr. @AndrewCatalon has just apologized in my person and I really appreciated it! But the most important thing right now is we have this W!”