CBC swimming announcer Byron MacDonald got himself in some trouble Wednesday night when a hot mic caught him roasting 14-year-old Chinese swimmer Ai Yanhan after the 4x200m freestyle relay.
Canada was able to pull off a bronze medal during the event, and according to Byron, it was all thanks to the Chinese Olympian who “dropped the ball” and “died like a pig:”
I mean, he’s not exactly wrong here — Canada’s comeback was fueled by her slow time.
The CBC, of course, apologized quickly for the comments:
@barberrob We apologize the comment on a swim performance made it to air. It was an unfortunate choice of words – we’re sorry it happened.
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 11, 2016
MacDonald also issued a personal apology on-air this morning (via The National Post):
“I would like to take a moment to apologize for a comment that I made last night after the women’s relay,” he said on CBC’s Olympic broadcast. I was referring to a swimmer’s performance, and not to them as a person. Needless to say, there was no disrespect intended and I’m very sorry.”