It was a tough night for Paris Saint-Germain as the capital club fell 2-0 to Manchester City, losing 4-1 on aggregate in their UEFA Champions League final matchup.
Nonetheless, there was controversy in the commentary booth. During the match as CBS Sports Network and on Paramount+ commentator Jim Beglin offered an awkward and generalization analysis to Ángel Di María receiving a red card at the 69th-minute mark.
Beglin attributed Di María’s red card to his “Latino temperament.” It set off a wildfire on Twitter as the commentator faced backlash for his generalization. However, some came to Beglin’s defense, but this is a lazy and generic analysis of an entire ethnicity.
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) May 4, 2021
The commentator would later apologize, but it doesn’t appear as though he understood what he was apologizing for, considering Beglin made no mention of his generalization.
“When Di Maria was sent off, I described it by using the word, Latino. For anybody that’s taken offense, I do apologize – sincerely apologize,” Beglin said.
Furthermore, this remark from Beglin couldn’t come at the worst time as English football clubs recently had a four-day boycott from social media. They were looking to advocate for better policies regarding discrimination and abuse players receive on these platforms.
Below are some reactions to Beglin’s comments.
Jim Beglin in the 85th minute after saying “It’s that Latino temperment” for Di Maria’s red card pic.twitter.com/AY8F53mgcv
— Klay Thompson's Burner (@iKlayThompson) May 4, 2021
Jim Beglin’s “apology" for this:
“When Di Maria was sent off, I described it by using the word Latino. For anybody that’s taken offense, I do apologize – sincerely apologize”
— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) May 4, 2021
Jim Beglin just said “that Latino temperament.” How does he think that’s okay to do on television?
— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) May 4, 2021
CBS's Jim Beglin just apologized on-air for saying Di María's red card was an example of "that Latino temperament." Curious to see if anything else takes place.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 4, 2021
UEFA: No Room for racism
Also UEFA Commentators: Di Maria sent off because of his “Latino temperament”
— 🇨🇩 (@Godfrshort) May 4, 2021
I was waiting for the "It's that Ukrainian Temperament" line from this TV commentator about Zinchenko since his tantrum came right after the DiMaria red card drew a "it's that Latino temperament" line. Funny that it never came.
NEITHER should be said.
What a joke. 🤦♂️
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) May 4, 2021
Umm that's definitely a red on Di Maria, but did the announcer call it a "Latino temperament"? Wtf?
Di Maria has spent 15 of his 17 pro seasons in Europe.
— Tutul Rahman (@tutulismyname) May 4, 2021
The announcer really said Latino temperament pic.twitter.com/lzKxgyrzq4
— Kyle Carr (Openly vaxxed & Black) (@KyleCoche) May 4, 2021
Once you pull the trigger, is easy to apologized and get a slapped in you hand. https://t.co/NLsHagZ7TC
— Luis Omar Tapia (@LuisOmarTapia) May 4, 2021
— Marcelo Balboa (@marcelobalboa17) May 4, 2021
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