Monday, July 22, 2013
Must not use "Ethiopian" to mean "fast running"
Even though Ethiopians have a history of winning foot races. Haile Gebrselassie, Abebe Bikila, Meskerem Legesse and Lelisa Desisa are some famed Ethiopian runners
The BBC was last night facing another sports commentary controversy after veteran golf commentator Ken Brown was accused of making a racist comment on the British Open.
As Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood prepared to start the 12th hole, Mr Brown – who represented Europe in the Ryder Cup five times during the 1970s and 1980s – said: ‘This fairway runs like an Ethiopian chicken... it just runs.’
Last night dozens of people took to Twitter to voice their disgust at the outburst.
The 56-year-old has worked for the BBC for 20 years since retiring from golf in his 30s. The BBC did not respond to a request for comment. A BBC spokesman said: 'Ken apologises for his comments and any offence caused.'