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San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland is a funny guy.¬†
He has a sense of humor and his impressions, especially¬†legendary broadcaster Harry Caray, are often hilarious.¬†
But sometimes, the jokes can fall flat. Or even worse, offend.
That was the case during Wednesday’s episode of “Intentional Talk” on MLB Network. Hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar interviewed Holland, who was accompanied by Giants massage therapist Haro Ogawa.
Holland’s fake Asian accent and his antics seemed to amuse the hosts … but not Bleacher Report writer Joon Lee, who called them out on Twitter.
As the online criticism mounted and online outlets began to pick¬†up the story, the team was forced to issue¬†a statement.
“The Giants organization does not condone that type of behavior in any way,” team spokesman Matt Chisholm told Deadspin. “We spoke to Derek regarding his interview yesterday and he completely understands the severity of the situation and apologizes if it offended anyone.”
Before the Giants’ game against the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon, Holland issued his own apology.¬†
“I want to make sure it’s clear that was all on me,” he said. “Now it’s become a distraction to the team. I don’t want that. I don’t want to have offended anybody.”
Holland said he has apologized to Ogawa and another Asian employee of the team.
“They understand we were just doing a bit but it was too far, “he said. “With that, I want to make sure that everybody understands that those were not the intentions …
“I apologize for what I have done. Whatever I have to do to take care of the situation, I will do it.”
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