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SBD/Issue 25/Sports Media
UM Broadcaster Lamar Thomas Fired For Comments During Brawl
Published October 17, 2006
|Comcast Sports SouthEast Fires Lamar
Thomas Over Comments During Brawl
REAX: In Orlando, Jemele Hill writes, “Some in the media already go out of their way to portray minorities as more violent than anyone else and Thomas’ comments only justified that stereotype.” Thomas’ cheering “not only reflected poorly on him and other minorities, but on [UM], which for years has battled an outlaw reputation” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/17). In San Jose, John Ryan: “Hard as it seems to pull off, Thomas made fellow ‘The U’ alum Michael Irvin sound positively erudite” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/17). Irvin, now an NFL analyst on ESPN, said on “SportsCenter” yesterday Thomas’ firing “was justified. You cannot promote that type of behavior” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 10/16).