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Radio announcers fired after body shaming high school basketball players on hot mic

Story at a glance

  • A Maine radio station has fired two announcers for making disparaging remarks about the weight of several high school girls basketball players.
  • The announcers, Steve Shaw and Jim Carter, were fired Thursday evening following their broadcast, station owner Fred Grant said in a statement.
  • Social media users expressed their disappointment in the pair’s comments, emphasizing the pain they have brought on the teenage girls, whose bodies are already under a microscope.

A radio station in Maine has fired two of its sports announcers after they made comments about the weight of several high school girls basketball players during a live broadcast of one of their games.

WHOU-FM commentators Steve Shaw and Jim Carter were fired Thursday evening following their broadcast of the game, station owner Fred Grant said in a statement posted to Facebook

“Tonight, two broadcasters made comments that were not only inappropriate, they were also blatantly wrong. Those broadcasters were terminated,” he wrote.

Shaw, a former high school athletic director, and Carter, a former high school basketball coach, had been broadcasting games for WHOU for about a month, the Portland Press Herald reported.


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The pair, who did not realize their microphones were on, criticized players in a girls’ game between Easton High School and Central Aroostook High School for being “overweight.”

“Easton has girls out here extremely overweight. Awful,” Carter says in a 40-second audio clip posted to YouTube.

Shaw then talks about “finding uniforms that fit the girls,” which is followed by laughter from Carter, who, seconds later, identifies one of the girls by her uniform number, commenting, “wow … would you look at her.”

“I started getting phone calls immediately,” Grant told the Press Herald.

All announcers hired by WHOU are instructed to focus on the game and abstain from making negative comments about players, coaches, or officials, Grant said.

“It’s in writing. It’s verbalized. It’s repeated,” he said. “They knew the deal. It’s a colossal failure by them.”

Grant in his statement also asked social media users who have shared the clip of Shaw and Carter to consider taking it down to “help us shift the focus back on the excellence we see every day in our students.”

Listeners took to the station’s Facebook page to share their disappointment in the duo’s comments, emphasizing the psychological toll the pair’s comments could take on the girls who were singled out.

“Shame on those two men!” one Facebook user wrote. “This is not ok and no adult man should be commenting on any minors girls body.”

“The girls singled out in that video will NEVER forget that. It will stick with them for the rest of their lives,” another wrote. “Their bodies never should have been a topic of discussion.”


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