COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 26, 2015)- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is deeply disappointed that two Chicago sports radio hosts made distasteful social media comments Wednesday night about Comcast SportsNet anchor Aiyana Cristal.
CBS Radio host Matt Siegel tweeted that Cristal’s delivery made him “uncomfortable” and seemed to imply that her “professional discomfort” on-air was “a crime.”
His colleague, Dan Bernstein, responded: “I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant boobs.”
Both men apologized for their remarks Thursday, but NABJ President Bob Butler said he hopes CBS takes appropriate action and uses this as a teaching moment of how not to use social media.
"I’ve known Cristal since she graduated from college and I know she has paid a lot of dues to get where she is today,” Butler said. “She does not deserve this, nor does any other woman who works in our industry.”
"There is no room for prejudice in today’s sports landscape where journalists of every gender, nationality and color deserve to be respected for the merits of their pen and/or microphone, not their appearance,” said NABJ Sports Task Force Chair Marc Spears.
“We hope that Matt Spiegel, Dan Bernstein and WCSR will make amends with Aiyana for their ignorant references and do their part in improving the overall climate of respect for female journalists working in the sports industry."
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.