NC State’s Gary Hahn Makes Racist Comments During Duke’s Mayo Bowl

What SHOULD we talk about after the Duke's Mayo Bowl: Terps head coach Mike Locksley got mayonnaise on.

What SHOULD we talk about after the Duke’s Mayo Bowl: Terps head coach Mike Locksley got mayonnaise on.
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For those who turned on the radio of the State of North Carolina to hear a friendly voice narrating a bowl game, with silly sponsorship, against an old enemy of the convention – Maryland – who does it well than Gary Hahn? He’s in his fourth decade as a Wolfpacks game-by-game broadcaster, and he can certainly make it through today without putting himself, the university, sponsors and the people at risk. Raleigh was embarrassed. Turns out a jar of mayonnaise would be the better choice, because at least it can’t say anything racist.

There is no place for racism in the game of bowls

What I heard over the holiday from Hahn of the State of North Carolina, broke my head and started to shake. Before giving listeners the current scoreboard of the Sun Bowl he did a bit of editing when he said “Of all the illegal aliens in El Paso [Texas]that’s UCLA 14, Pittsburgh 6.”

Hahn’s loathsome remarks about undocumented immigrants throughout the game made the various mayonnaise recipes shown during the broadcast look like a perfectly grilled rib. What was supposed to be a simple score update, resulted in Hahn being suspended indefinitely.

Let me say this: I Appreciate local sports broadcasters. Before I started third grade, I probably heard the call 100 times in Michael Jordan’s Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but I was 31 years old before I knew that Verne Lundquist and Hubie Brown had take that shot across the game country. I couldn’t look at that Jordan punch without hearing Jim Durham and Johnny “Red” Kerr scream with joy.

Obviously, Hahn’s statement was an awful one to glibly make about human beings. It was a hateful generalization of people in a city — where a “state of emergency” was declared and the migrants are now being detained at its convention center – on the Mexico/US border.

Also, if he’s supposed to be speaking to locals, I’m not entirely sure he’s directing that statement to a large audience in Raleigh. Without going into politics, the anti-immigrant stance is not a winner in that region of America.

Sports announcers like Hahn have a responsibility to all fans

When the announcers made it clear through the microphone what a group of fans were going through, it was such a beautiful moment that nothing on the planet felt more true than sport. Fans got emotional last month when they heard Andrés Cantor was born in Argentina shout towards heavenin tears, that his hometown had won the world while hugging a member of the country’s 1986 champion team, Claudio Borghi.

And it was on an American broadcast.

However, when a local celebrity arrogantly claims that those broadcasts are meant to spew bigotry, the appeal of that broadcast is quickly eclipsed. It happened to Thom Brennaman in 2020 when he used a gay profanity on the Cincinnati Reds broadcast. While these broadcasts aren’t national, that doesn’t give people the confidence to guide fans through a license contest that excludes certain members of the public.

Yes, the broadcast is for locals, but individuals cannot unilaterally decide which local issues they want to solve. A lot of people living in Raleigh and NC State have Largest student enrollment in North Carolina. Excited NC State fans — who missed out on last season’s dismal performance because of the COVID outbreak at UCLA — watched that broadcast to hear a familiar voice narrate a Exciting end to the season. It’s not a national championship, but it’s still the Mayo Bowl. It was a quirky game with viral moments that people noticed because mayonnaise was poured on the winning coach instead of Gatorade.

It was supposed to give a good feeling to all the participants, except for those of us who refused to use that slime speck as a condiment and the others who made unsuccessful bets. A fun afternoon on holiday, turned sad by a man who couldn’t pass up an opportunity to poke fun at one of the world’s most vulnerable groups of people.

Contrast everything fun about the local sports broadcaster.

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