Glenn Beck defended the suspended ESPN anchor who used an offensive phrase while reporting on Knicks breakout star, Jeremy Lin.
On Friday, ESPN's mobile site used the headline "Chink In the Armor" for a story about the Knicks' first loss since Lin helped deliver seven straight victories. The use of the word "chink" -- which is a slur against Asian-Americans -- drew swift condemnation. The writer was fired. Anchor Max Bretos was also suspended for using the phrase "chink in the armor" on-air.
Beck criticized ESPN's response on Tuesday. He questioned whether Bretos' use of the phrase warranted the network's reaction. Beck said that the anchor, who he pointed out is married to an Asian, had used the line "in proper context" without intending to offend anyone. "How is this racist?" he asked, before replaying a clip of the audio.
He said that ESPN "wears panties," and directed the network to "man up." He also criticized ESPN's owner Disney for the decision. "It's not about the sports network," Beck said. "It's about the ownership. This is about Disney/ABC."
He cited Hank Williams Jr. and Rush Limbaugh as two examples of people who were fired for what he referred to as "political reasons." ESPN terminated its relationship with Williams last year. Limbaugh resigned in 2003 after making race-related comments about football player Donovan McNabb.