The Hornets have fired broadcaster John Focke, who mistakenly tweeted the n-word when meaning to refer to the Denver Nuggets.
The Charlotte Hornets announced that radio broadcaster John Focke, who used mistakenly typed the n-word on social media when referring to the Denver Nuggets, will not be returning to the team.
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"The Charlotte Hornets announced today that John Focke will not return as the team’s radio broadcaster due to a violation of the organization's social media policy," The Hornets wrote in a statement. "Since this is a personnel matter, the organization will not comment any further. The Hornets thank John for all his efforts during the 2019-20 NBA season."
Focke has repeatedly claimed that his typing of the n-word was a typo, possibly done as the "I" and "U" key are next to each other, as are the "R" and the "T" key.
Focke explained the mistake saying, "I made a horrific error while attempting to tweet about the Denver-Utah game. I don't know how I mistyped. I had (and have) no intention of ever using that word. I take full responsibility for my actions. I have been sick to my stomach about it every [sic] since. I'm truly sorry that this happened and I apologize to those I offended."
Focke has previously covered the Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx.