Charlotte Hornets announce radio broadcaster John Focke won’t return after tweeting racial slur

The Charlotte Hornets announced that radio play-by-play announcer John Focke, who tweeted a racial slur during a broadcast of a Utah Jazz-Denver Nuggets game in the middle of August, will not be back next season.

The team made the announcement Thursday afternoon on the verified Twitter page of the communications department.

"The Charlotte Hornets announced today that John Focke will not return as the team's radio broadcaster due to a violation of the organization's social media policy," the team said in a statement. "Since this is a personnel matter, the organization will not comment any further. The Hornets thank John for all of his efforts during the 2019-20 NBA season."

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The tweet came August 17, during a first-round playoff game between the Jazz and the Nuggets.

His tweet appeared to swap "Nuggets" for the slur. He originally tweeted: "Shot making in this Jazz-(slur) game is awesome! Murray and Mitchell going back and forth what a game!”

Focke later apologized and took the tweet down Monday night, calling it a "horrific error."

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The day after the tweet was published, the team announced it was suspending him indefinitely while it investigated the matter.

Focke held previous media positions for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. He was in his first season with the Hornets organization, and had also contributed to a weekly podcast in conjunction with his radio responsibilities. 

Contributing: Scott Gleeson

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