Following the women’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay final, CBC commentator Byron MacDonald, who thought his microphone was off, said: “The little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby. Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.”
The incident immediately caused outrage online with watchers tweeting their disbelief at the comments by MacDonald, a 1972 Olympian and swimming coach at the University of Toronto, and called for the him to lose his job.
Is it a racist comment? Why are Chinese athletes becoming targets of abuse and redicule?
Byron MacDonald’s analysis of 14-year-old Ai Yanhan’s fourth place finish at the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay outraged viewers of CBC’s live Olympic coverage on Wednesday