Wichita State Males’s basketball participant Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler isn’t happy with how his culturally important identify was mocked by CBS Sports activities broadcasters.
The basketballer is half Native American from the Oglala Lakota tribe and grew up on a reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
CBS Sports activities broadcasters Chris Walker and Chick Hernandez joked that “Poor-Bear” was “Pooh Bear” throughout their protection of Monday’s Wichita state win over Grand Canyon College
When phrase obtained again to Poor Bear-Chandler, he responded on Twitter.
“So it’s okay to make enjoyable of my final identify?” Poor Bear-Chandler wrote on Twitter. “Simply reveals your skill to be severe in an expert setting. Simply because my folks was nearly colonized doesn’t imply I don’t know the place I come from!”
Wichita State athletics additionally made a press release on Tuesday addressing the “inappropriate and insensitive feedback.”
In the course of the sport, Walker mentioned, “Who obtained that offensive rebound? I don’t even wish to say it. I’ll allow you to say his identify as a result of I wish to be certain. Is it ‘Pooh Bear?’ Come on, you bought to be kidding me.”
Hernandez responded, “Isaiah ‘Pooh Bear’ Chandler is 50% Native American from the Oglala Lakota tribe, so he selected to make use of ‘Pooh Bear’ on his jersey,” he mentioned.
“You already know what, I really like that. Shoutout to Coach Isaac Brown for permitting it to occur,” Walker shot again, earlier than doing a bit the place he in contrast the athlete to Winnie the Pooh.
Walker and Hernandez later made “apologetic efforts,” Wichita State mentioned.
“Isaiah strongly needs for this unlucky occasion to function a optimistic studying alternative in help of the indigenous neighborhood,” mentioned the college.