Derek Holland is the latest professional athlete to apologize for crossing the line, if that’s what he did here.
Holland appeared on the show “Intentional Talk” the other day, which airs on both ESPN and the MLB Network. He was joined by Giants massage therapist Haro Ogawa, who pretended to be his “hype man” during a bit in which Holland used a heavy Asian accent:
derek holland brought his “hype man” onto an intentional talk interview. the hype man spends the entire interview silent except when addressed.
holland then impersonates a strong asian accent to play for laughs. that’s the entire joke. that holland uses an asian accent. come on. pic.twitter.com/N3qhoYncro
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) August 22, 2018
The clip picked up steam on social media via people who were offended and/or annoyed, leading to statements from both Holland and the Giants.
“The Giants organization does not condone that type of behavior in any way. We spoke to Derek regarding his interview yesterday and he completely understands the severity of the situation and he apologizes if it offended anyone.”
And here’s what Holland said:
Here's the full statement Derek Holland made to reporters after today's game. pic.twitter.com/GY5pNyoT1m
— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) August 23, 2018
Alright. Guy took ownership and apologized.