Olympic Broadcaster Caught On Hot Mic Saying Swimmer 'Died Like A Pig'

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Isabella Ohlmeyer
A Canadian sports broadcaster is facing heavy criticism for his offensive comments about a 14-year-old swimmer who is competing in the Rio Olympics.

Olympic athletes spend the majority of their lives practicing for the Games and should be praised rather than brutally judged by the media.

Byron MacDonald, a former swimmer and current commentator for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), expressed inappropriate remarks into a live microphone about a female Chinese athlete during an Olympic event, the New York Daily News reported.

Byron MacDonald

“That little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby,” he said. “Too excited, went out like a stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.”

The Olympic athlete that MacDonald was reportedly describing was Ai Yanhan.

Yanhan came in fourth place in the women’s swimming freestyle relay on Wednesday. 

China Came In Fourth Place In Women's Relay Race

According to The National Post, MacDonald later apologized on CBC’s Olympic broadcast for his offensive comments.

“I would like to take a moment to apologize for a comment that I made last night after the women’s relay. I was referring to a swimmer’s performance, and not to them as a person. Needless to say, there was no disrespect intended and I’m very sorry.”

The CBC network also took to social media to express regret for their employee’s words.

“We apologize that the comment on a swim performance made it to air. It was an unfortunate choice of words-we’re sorry it happened,” CBC said on Twitter.

Regardless of how an Olympic competitor does in any competition, there is no legitimate reason for them to be compared to a pig. 

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