Craig Schaller, a radio show host on WHAM in Rochester for 16 years, was fired for comments he made in a blog post about the LPGA tour.
In the post, Schaller says things like “there are too many gosh darn foreigners on the tour and more specifically, I’m talking about Koreans and Asians in general.” He goes on to comment on those Asian player’s last names saying, “It’s hard to remember specific golfers when half of them seem to have names that sound like the sound you get when you bang pots and pans together.”
…Schaller admits he may have failed in his attempts at humor, but he stands behind the general premise of his blog, that being that the growing dominance of Asian players is not good for the LPGA Tour.
News10NBC’s Brett Davidsen said, “Did you think when you wrote this blog that it was controversial?”
Craig Schaller said, “I had an inkling it might be a little controversial. I actually said in the blog, I might offend some people I’m sure, but what I said I didn’t think was over the top.”
Davidsen said, “You, yourself, say in the blog that you were sure you sounded culturally racist. There are a couple of lines in your blog that some have pointed to directly as being inappropriate. You said, ‘it’s hard to remember specific golfers when half of them seem to have names that sound like the sound you get when you bang pots and pans together.’ Do you regret saying that?”
Schaller said, “Yeah, I regret the way it was taken. I meant it as a tongue in cheek kind of comment made for humor. I think a lot of people maybe not take things as light as they’re meant when you write them sometimes. That was definitely the case. I shouldn’t have said it that way. I admit that. It was poorly phrased and it was definitely offensive.”
Davidsen said, “ What difference does it make what ethnicity these golfers are?
Schaller said, “I don’t think it makes a difference in general as far as the tour goes as along as you have a little of this and a little of that. I think that when any nationality overwhelms the tour, which is what is in danger of happening here, it becomes a bit of a problem. It waters down the product and it makes it less appealing to a lot of fans of the sport and the tour.”