Chargers Broadcaster Suspended For On-Air Joke About How Jews Are Cheap

San Diego Chargers radio analyst Hank Bauer has been suspended from the broadcast of the team's final preseason game on Thursday. The Chargers announced the news, noting that it was Clear Channel's decision to suspend Bauer for the invention-of-copper-wire joke.

"Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate. Per Clear Channel's decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night's game," the statement said. "Hank has been a strong radio voice for the Chargers for the past 16 years and a passionate supporter of the team since his playing days. We look forward to Chargers fans receiving the same high-quality broadcast from Josh (Lewin) and Hank when he returns to the booth for the regular season."

Listen to the offending remarks in our original story below.

[Larry Brown Sports]

Chargers Broadcaster Makes On-Air Joke About How Jews Are Cheap

You've probably heard the old anti-Semitic joke about the invention of copper wire coming as a result of dropping a penny between two Jews. If you haven't, San Diego Chargers radio analyst Hank Bauer is here to tell it to you.

This is from the final seconds of this weekend's broadcast of the Chargers-49ers game on 105.3 KIOZ; the target of Bauer's joke is the presumably Jewish San Diego play-by-play voice Josh Lewin. (It came in response to Lewin's observation that while many 49ers fans had left the game early, if he were a paying customer he'd stay until the final whistle.)

Bauer's been associated with the Chargers for decades, so we wouldn't expect any kind of punishment to come of this. After all, with 30 seconds left in a meaningless preseason game, how many people could have actually been listening anyway?


h/t Andy