Fox Sports Sun sideline reporter Emily Austen has been fired after making several inappropriate comments on Barstool Sports Facebook Live broadcast.
A source with the Tampa Bay Rays has confirmed to Business Insider that Austen, who was serving as a sideline reporter for both the Rays and Orlando Magic broadcasts, has been fired for her comments and will not appear on any future game broadcasts.
During the broadcast, Austen made several racist and anti-Semitic comments. At one point, she said she "didn't even know Mexicans were that smart," then later said that everyone knows the "Chinese guy is always the smartest guy in math class." While recalling stories from when she worked as a bartender, she called Jewish people "stingy." She also referred to Kevin Love as a "little b----."
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According to Deadspin , the broadcast disappeared from Barstool Sports' Facebook page, but was later uploaded to Vimeo. Barstool Sports said on their Facebook that it was accidentally deleted, but the disappearance has raised suspicions.
Fox Sports Florida senior vice-president Steve Tello released a statement, via Deadspin, saying:
We were made aware that Emily Austen appeared in a social media video unaffiliated with FOX Sports in which she made insensitive and derogatory comments. She was not speaking on behalf of FOX Sports, nor do we condone any of the statements she made in the video. Emily has been advised that her comments were unacceptable, and she is not scheduled to appear on any upcoming FOX Sports Florida or FOX Sports Sun broadcasts.
We have reached out to Fox Sun Sports and Austen's agency for comment.