Entercom sports WEEI-FM Boston (93.7) midday co-host Christian Fauria was suspended Friday for performing a racially “insensitive” impersonation of Tom Brady’s athletic agent, Don Yee. Fauria said he’s reached out to Yee to personally apologize for what he later described as a “horrible attempt at humor,” according to NBC News.
Fauria, a former New England Patriots tight end, is a cohost on “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria,” which airs weekdays, 10am-2pm on WEEI-FM and its WEEI Sports Radio Network simulcast partners.
The show was discussing a column that ran in the Boston Herald by Ron Borges when Fauria adopted a faux-Asian accent to impersonate Yee, according to the New York Post.
“Earlier today I made a horrible attempt at humor,” Fauria tweeted Friday. “In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it. I have also reached out to Don directly to personally apologize. I have been disciplined by WEEI management and I fully support their decision.”
WEEI also apologized by posting this statement Friday on its Twitter feed: “Earlier today during his show, Christian Fauria impersonated athlete agent, Don Yee in an insensitive and ill-conceived attempt at humor. We regret Christian’s commentary and we apologize to Mr. Yee and those offended by the segment. We do not support or condone Christian’s comments, and we have suspended him for five days effective immediately.”
The flare-up is the second time in less than two weeks that the station has made national headlines for insensitive comments directed at people close to the New England Patriots quarterback. Brady cut short an appearance on WEEI-FM Boston on Jan. 29 after a station personality called Brady’s daughter “an annoying little pissant.”