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May 19, 2019

Philly sports announcer in hot water after ‘insensitive’ remark

January 14, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — An announcer has apologized for a remark about a Native American player during a lacrosse game that he and the team called “insensitive,” with both team and league vowing disciplinary action.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson said on social media that Philadelphia Wings announcer Shawny Hill said “Let’s snip the pony tail” during Saturday night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Lyle Thompson, then with the Florida Launch in 2015. (Rob Foldy / Getty Images)

Thompson, of the Onondaga Reservation in central New York, said fans then threatened to “scalp” him.

Hill apologized on social media for “insensitive” words he called “poorly chosen” and “not intended as racially motivated” but reflecting “a lack of knowledge on heritage and history.”

The National Lacrosse League said “necessary disciplinary action will be taken swiftly.” The Philadelphia Wings vowed “swift disciplinary and educational measures” to prevent similar episodes.

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