Radio host apologizes for mocking Blue Jays’ Alejandro Kirk
A Montreal radio host has apologized for coming to light on a video of Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk rounding the base during a game last Tuesday.
“The words were harsh. The feeling was off limits and I deeply regret it. Period,” wrote Matthew Ross, who hosts Weekend Game Plan, a TSN radio show in Montreal.
Ross was roasted for mocking Kirk, a 23-year-old from Tijuana, Mexico, who was named to the All-Star team in 2022, and called the sprint from first base to home plate “embarrassing for Sport”.
On a Twitter account he has since deleted, Ross wrote that “prominentizing guys like this fuels negative stereotypes.”
Ross was attacked by none other than Jays pitcher Alek Manoah, who replied: “What’s really embarrassing for the sport is people who are called Matthew and have never played a day in the leagues. majors thinking they can control the narrative and stereotypes. Go ahead and tell that 8 year old who is 10 pounds heavier that he should stop now.
In his apology, which was posted late Saturday night on the Weekend Game Plan Facebook page, Ross wrote that he had viewed the clip released by the Jays of Kirk circling the bases and took it as a video ” ironic” which was “mock. He wrote that it made him think of the many people he had met who claimed that baseball players are “not athletes”.
“I thought the clip would lead to more sports jokes. That was it. Nothing else was ever discussed,” he wrote in his apology.
“As someone who has lived through the horrors of bullying and watched people close to me go through very painful body struggles, my heart breaks that anyone would think of me as this monster. .”
He added: “I’ve been clumsy and inconsiderate in my sports commentary, defaming people for their looks is not where my heart or intention was right now – or ever!”