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A baseball legend used an offensive accent when asked about Shohei Ohtani and was forced to apologize mid-game

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Shohei Ohtani looks out from the dugout.
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  • Tigers announcer Jack Morris used an offensive Asian accent during an at-bat from Shohei Ohtani.

  • Morris later apologized, saying he was sorry if he offended anyone.

  • Some further criticized Morris' apology as not being sincere.

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Detroit Tigers TV analyst Jack Morris apologized mid-game for using an offensive accent during an at-bat by Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.

When Morris' partner asked him how the Tigers should pitch to Ohtani, Morris said they should be "very, very careful," using an accent as he said it.

Later, during the ninth inning, Morris apologized for the use of the accent.

"Shohei Ohtani is coming to the plate, and it's been brought to my attention, and I sincerely apologize if I offended anybody, especially anybody in the Asian community, for what I said about pitching and being careful to Shohei Ohtani," Morris said. "I did not intend for any offensive thing, and I apologize if I did. I certainly respect and have the utmost respect for this guy and don't blame a pitcher for walking him."

Watch a clip of Morris's comments below:

Morris, 66, spent 18 years as a major league pitcher and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

Some noted that Morris's apology barely counted as an apology.

It is not the first time this season that announcers have gotten into hot water when discussing Ohtani. Earlier in the summer, ESPN'sStephen A. Smith was widely criticized for saying Ohtani couldn't be the face of baseball because he uses a translator in interviews.

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