MEMPHIS — A Memphis news station is investigating its chief meteorologist for an insensitive tweet he posted during Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, FOX13 Memphis chief meteorologist Joey Sulipeck used a racial slur to tweet about Warriors star Draymond Green after Grizzlies player Kyle Andreson was ejected.
“And chew this: Draymond runs his mouth open THE WHOLE GAME, but mild-mannered Kyle Anderson disputes a call and gets ejected?” Sulipeck said in a now-deleted tweet. “Next level bullshit.”
According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the term “knuckle dragger” has a racial connotation by comparing black people to monkeys.
Sulipeck, white, received immediate backlash for the insensitive tweet and has since deleted his Twitter account.
News organizations reported on Monday that FOX13 Memphis was now investigating the incident, saying they would take “appropriate action.”
“During Saturday’s Memphis Grizzlies game, meteorologist Joey Sulipeck tweeted a comment that does not reflect FOX13’s values,” the station said. “We take this matter very seriously and will take appropriate action pending a full investigation.”
During Saturday’s Memphis Grizzlies game, meteorologist Joey Sulipeck tweeted a comment that doesn’t reflect FOX13’s values. We take this matter very seriously and will take appropriate action pending a full investigation.
— FOX13 Memphis (@FOX13Memphis) May 9, 2022
Green responded to the tweet on Twitter and Instagram saying, “Are you surprised? Do not apologize. HOLD ON TO IT!”
After practice on Sunday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who hasn’t been on Twitter since last April, was asked about the tweet, saying he wasn’t surprised, reports NBC Sports.
“Does it surprise me that a meteorologist tweets an insult to Draymond? In 2022? Not at all,” Kerr told reporters. “This is America. This is how we operate.”