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Demand an Apology from Fox for Insulting Iranian Player Haddadi

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Iranian Americans all over America are proud that there finally is an Iranian player in the NBA. But last night, that sentiment wasn’t shared by Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith, Fox Sports anchors, who hurled insults, including borderline racial slurs, at Haddadi.Speaking derogatory about Haddadi’s Iranian background, Lawler and Smith compared Haddadi to Borat.

According to Fox, Lawler and Smith have been suspended for one game due to their insulting remarks.

However, that is not enough. Email Fox Vice President Lou D’Ermilio and Dan Bell and demand an apology to Haddadi.

Remarks of this kind would never have been accepted had they been made against other minorities. As the Iranian-American community, we must show Haddadi that we will not permit him to be treated any differently.

Send your email to Fox Sports right away and notify your friends to do the same!

Update (11-23):

Fox issues apology:


Washington DC – Thank you for your speaking out against the insults made against the sole Iranian player in the NBA, Hamed Haddadi, by two Fox anchors. More than 2,000 people responded to our call. We have been in touch with Fox, and they have issued an apology per our request. We are still working to ensure that the apology is read on air as well. Below is the statement NIAC issued after discussing the matter with Fox.

The National Iranian American Council is proud that the Iranian American community stood in solidarity against the derogatory statements made recently on Fox Sports. A representative from Fox contacted the organization, after less than 12 hours of NIAC posting a complaint, to express their regret for statements made on air. The channel has issued an apology stating:

‘We regret the remarks made by Clippers announcers Michael Smith and Ralph Lawler during Wednesday’s telecast. While we believe that Michael and Ralph did not intend their exchange to be offensive, in retrospect, the comments were inappropriate. We extend our apologies to Hamed Haddadi of the Memphis Grizzlies and to anyone who was offended. We have addressed this situation with Michael and Ralph and have taken appropriate action.’

Irancove @ November 22, 2009

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