Iowa high school basketball broadcasters fired for racist commentary

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FOREST CITY, Iowa – Controversial commentary from two radio employees at a high school basketball game in northern Iowa has resulted in their firing after an outcry on social media.

A video clip from a boys basketball game between Forest City High School and Eagle Grove High School was posted to Facebook Sunday night. It contains racist comments by an announcer and a producer. The clip is from a longer online broadcast of the Nov. 28th game, with audio provided by KIOW-FM in Forest City.

The exchange in the clip is between Orin Harris and a producer. Harris is a longtime announcer for Forest City Athletics, according to KIMT.

The two make several comments about the ethnicities of some of the Eagle Grove players, discussing the “Espanol people in Eagle Grove.”

Harris also says, “As (President) Trump would say, go back where they came from.”

KIOW issued a statement Monday about the incident. In it the station does not name the employees but condemns the comments.

“These comments were deplorable, and the staff and management of KIOW in no way condones or supports these comments.”

The statement goes on to reveal both employees have been fired. An earlier statement by the station had said the woman was fired and the man suspended indefinitely.

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