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Two broadcasters fired after allegedly body-shaming girls during high school basketball game

Two sports broadcasters were fired after they were caught on a hot mic body shaming female high school basketball players on a Maine radio station.

The comments made by Steve Shaw and Jim Carter were picked up during the broadcast of the junior varsity game between Caribou High School and Fort Kent Community High School on Thursday night.

On January 14th, Fred Grant, who is the owner of WHOU 100.1 FM in Houlton, Maine, said that he fired both commentators for making derogatory statements about the players’ weights while they were on-air.

Listeners heard the two men hitting out at players on Central Aroostook and Easton High Schools’ girl’s junior varsity teams, with one saying that there are “two girls out here, extremely overweight.”

“How come you don’t get uniforms that fit the girls?” said the other, before the two started laughing. They also identified a player by her number and said, “Wow…would you look at her.”

Shaw withdrew himself from the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame less than a week after the incident. He had been inducted in 2020. The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame confirmed that they accepted his withdrawal.

“Prior to his withdrawal, the board of directors had scheduled a Wednesday vote on Shaw’s status as a 2020 Legend of the Game,” the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame wrote in a Facebook post. The post continued, “The MBHoF board of directors believes that words and actions matter and strives to create a culture of respect and inclusion.” 

Easton Superintendent Mark Stanley said he heard about the broadcasters’ comments shortly after they were made on Thursday night. “We’re a small school up here, we know all our kids really well, we’re lucky in that regard, and so we know every single player that was on that team being talked about,” he said during a Zoom interview Friday.

Stanley added he was frustrated on many levels after hearing the comments, including being a parent of young girls himself. “I think anger is probably the reaction everybody had when they saw and heard what happened,” he added.

Easton head coach Emily Hill also commented during a Zoom interview. “It is frustrating and upsetting to hear those things being said, especially in regard to young girls,” she said. “To hear that from those men was very upsetting.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: USA TODAY

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