PSG’s Angel Di Maria, left, is shown a red card during the Champions League semifinal second leg between Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)ASSOCIATED PRESS
PSG’s Angel Di Maria did something undeniably stupid in the second half of his team’s Champions League semifinal second leg on Tuesday. He stamped on Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, and earned a straight red card.
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But in the aftermath, CBS color commentator Jim Beglin did something undeniably stupid in its own right.
“It’s that Latino temperament,” Beglin said, as Di Maria, an Argentine midfielder, walked off the field.
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Around 10 minutes later, Beglin referenced the comment, and offered an apology – which fell flat, because he seemed to misunderstand what he was apologizing for.
“When Di Maria was sent off, I said – or I described it by using the word ‘Latino,’ ” Beglin said on air during live action. “For anybody that’s taken offense to that, I do apologize – sincerely apologize.”
Comments like Beglin’s perpetuate stereotypes
The problem, though, isn’t that Beglin “used the word Latino.” There’s nothing offensive about it on its own. The problem is that he ascribed Di Maria’s temperament to his ethnicity.
In doing so, he perpetuated a racist stereotype. There are thousands of Latino soccer players, of course, who do not have a bad temper, and there are thousands of non-Latino players – including a few in Tuesday’s game – who do have a bad temper. But would Beglin, who is British, ascribe …read more