Hornets radio announcer John Focke tweeted about the thrilling Game 1 of the Denver-Utah series, using the n-word instead of “Nuggets”:
The Charlotte Hornets have indefinitely suspended radio play-by-play announcer John Focke after a tweet he sent Monday which included the N-word, per https://t.co/DLwZUwC8Bb pic.twitter.com/lbNQrTe4lt
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 18, 2020
Charlotte Hornets Statement: pic.twitter.com/4RaDvcSfHU
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) August 18, 2020
— John Focke (@JWFOCKE) August 18, 2020
Do I think Focke intended to tweet the n-word? No.
Does this raise questions about his prior typing? Yes. Autocorrect wouldn’t make that change without previous usage.
But this wasn’t necessarily an autocorrect issue. On a standard keyboard, “i” is next to “u” and “r” is next to “t.” This could just be an extremely unfortunate pair of single-letter typos.
The Hornets should look into this, as they’re doing. Hopefully, they know/learn enough about Focke to make a judgment based on far more than what he says was – and plausibly could be – an isolated typo.