A Fox Sports Florida sideline reporter for Rays and Magic broadcasts isn’t “scheduled to appear” on the network after making racially insensitive and anti-Semitic remarks during a live-streamed Barstool Sports show.
In the 35-minute video, Emily Austen said she “didn’t even know that Mexicans were that smart,” while discussing a story about a Texas valedictorian who announced that she’s an undocumented immigrant. Austen added that the “Chinese guy is always the smartest guy in math class,” and that when she “used to talk to Jews in Boca,” they “would complain and b—- about everything.”
GM/senior vice president of Fox Sports Florida Steve Tello said in a statement Friday that the network was aware of Austen’s “insensitive and derogatory comments.”
“She was not speaking on behalf of Fox Sports, nor do we condone any of the statements she made in the video,” Tello said. “Emily has been advised that her comments were unacceptable, and she is not scheduled to appear on any upcoming Fox Sports Florida or Fox Sports Sun broadcasts.”
The Rays said that they “fully support Fox Sport Sun’s decision regarding Emily Austen.”
Austen, who also called Cavaliers’ Kevin Love a “little b—-” for leaving Game 2 of the NBA Finals with a concussion, reportedly became a Fox Sports Florida contract employee in March 2015. The Tampa native attended Florida Atlantic University and was a digital reporter for the Celtics before moving back to Florida.
The video initially appeared on Barstool Sports’ Facebook page, but in a separate post, the sports website said it was accidentally deleted. However, someone captured the stream in full and uploaded it to Vimeo.