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Fox Sports TV anchor apologizes for implying on air that Danica Patrick was a ‘b****’ (video)

Feb 27, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

Stewart and Patrick speak following driver introductions in Daytona Beach Reuters

Perhaps noticing the fate of a couple of ex-ESPN employees who were caught saying/writing something politically incorrect, Fox TV-5 San Diego sports anchor Ross Shimabuka is apologizing for an on-air editorial comment in which he appears to have called NASCAR’s Danica Patrick a b***h. True, it’s one of those half-baked, “I didn’t mean to offend anyone” apologies, but it’s an apology nonetheless.

In the video below we see Shimabuka, who commences with the airing of grievances against Patrick ahead of today’s rain delayed Daytona 500. First Shimabuka plays video of Patrick objecting to be called sexy.

“I don’t quite understand why when you’re referring to a girl, a female athlete in particular, that you have to use the word sexy. Is there any other word you can use to describe me?”

Shimabuka’s on-air response:

“Oh, I got a few words, starts with a ‘B,’ and it’s not ‘beautiful.’”

See Shimabuka’s apology here.

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  1. zerohandicapper - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    This guy just said what everyone thinks. She is so overrated and its sad she gets so much attention.

    • trbowman - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Lol, no kidding.

      I love it when the bleeding hearts come out of the woodwork, though. Makes for a good laugh.

  2. skids003 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Half of the article is left out. A reference to her GODaddy commercials. If she doesn’t want to be looked at like that, drop GoDaddy.

  3. jhastrello - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Sponsorship at the top tiers of Auto Racing are worth 10′s or million dollars or more. When you have a sponsorship that pays that type of money, you simply don’t just thumb your nose at them. Additionally, those sponsorships are through the Car Owners and not simply the individual.

    The guy just plain ol’ screwed up.

  4. ihcone - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    You’d think that the recent Asian slights at Jeremy Lin would have made this reporter a little more sensitive to bigoted, sexist remarks. Especially taking into account that he is also Asian.

    • rooney24 - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      Stupid is not limited to any one race or gender

  5. entramp - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Another five letter word that starts with B….

    B-R-O-A-D

  6. texastee10 - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    He wasn’t wrong. Ever since she arrived she’s been prancing about with the “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM” attitude, and is known to have said it at least once. Ok, she’s won one race, not in the U.S. if I recall correctly. Her face is not unpleasant. She’s to auto racing like Kornacova is to tennis, there’s a look but that’s it. There is one thing Kornacova has over this prissy stuck up B****, Kornacova has the shape of a woman, not a 5 year old.

    • ponsonbybritt - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      …and regarding the face, well, give it ten years or so…

  7. imaduffer - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I don’t know if Danica realizes that when she signed on for the Nationwide Series how much work it realty is. Once she hits the short tracks she may find it more difficult. Also, the season is a lot longer and they race almost every weekend, unlike the IRL.

  8. rightwingracists - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Any other organization would have fired or suspended him, but hey, it’s FAUX.

  9. rogerbrad - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I laugh at the comments slamming Danica. The problem is ALL these guys ware intimidated by her.

    • AlohaMrHand - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      More like afraid she’ll crash into them like she crashes in EVERY race shes in.

  10. dustime8 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I am very tired of commentators attempting to make a name for themselves with use of offensive language toward people they are interviewing or commenting on. It seems to me that in the racing sport especially, chauvinism and prejudice are very healthy.