- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2016

The CBC has apologized after Olympics commentator Byron MacDonald was heard on a hot mic saying 14-year-old Chinese swimmer Ai Yanhan “died like a pig” during her race.

Mr. MacDonald made the offhand remark after the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final, in which Canada beat China for the bronze medal, the National Post reported.

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

Mr. MacDonald apologized on-air Thursday afternoon, saying he didn’t mean to disrespect the swimmer personally.

“I would like to take a moment to apologize for a comment that I made last night after the women’s relay,” he said on CBC’s Olympic broadcast. “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 also apologized to angry social media users, tweeting: “We apologize the comment on a swim performance made it to air. It was an unfortunate choice of words — we’re sorry it happened.”

“We sincerely regret that these statements were made, and that they were allowed to go to air. We moved quickly last night to apologize to our viewers on-air and to our followers on Social media,” CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson told the National Post Thursday.

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