Canadian newspapers The Vancouver Sun and The Province both issued a gigantic mea culpa today, after publishing a photo Tuesday night with a caption that identified black Vancouver Canucks player Jordan Subban as the "dark guy in the middle:"
— Greg Balloch (@GregBallochST) September 24, 2014
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Gillian Burnett, the Sun's deputy editor, stepped in to modify the photo caption soon after readers alerted her to the problem on social media. Burnett placed blame for the cutline on the photographer who wrote it, acknowledging it "should NEVER have been written, let alone made it online."
In a followup article published Tuesday, Subban downplayed the caption as "a pretty honest mistake" to The Province, then sought to redirect the conversation.
"If people should be talking about something, it should be the way I played last night," Subban told the paper. "It was just unfortunate. I don’t think there were any bad intentions. It is what it is and I’ve moved on and I’m sure everyone else will, too.”