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Hot mic picks up CBC broadcaster ridiculing young Olympic swimmer

New York Daily News New York Daily News 12/08/2016 NICHOLAS PARCO

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The CBC is under fire for an offensive statement that was uttered into a live microphone after its broadcast of the women’s 4x200m swimming freestyle relay on Wednesday.

“That little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby,” the station’s commentator and University of Toronto swimming coach Byron MacDonald said, not knowing his microphone was on.

“Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.”

It is believed that MacDonald was referring to 14-year-old Chinese swimmer Ai Yanhan.

“That little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby,” Byron MacDonald said, not knowing his microphone was on. “Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.” - Tom Pennington/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News “That little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby,” Byron MacDonald said, not knowing his microphone was on. “Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.” - Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Her time in the second leg of race helped Canada come back and take bronze, while China finished the event in fourth place.

After MacDonald’s comments, CBC Olympic host Scott Russell told viewers he regretted that the “unfortunate choice of words” made it onto the air .

On Thursday morning, CBC issued an official apology.

“We sincerely regret that these statements were made, and that they were allowed to go to air,” CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said, according to The National Post.

“We moved quickly last night to apologize to our viewers on-air and to our followers on Social media.”

The network tweeted back to upset CBC upset viewers “We apologize the comment on a swim performance made it to air. It was an unfortunate choice of words – we’re sorry it happened.”

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