Giants: Derek Holland apologizes for racially insensitive TV appearance
The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement in which the organization reacts to Derek Holland’s racially insensitive conduct during an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of “International Talk” on MLB Network.
The Giants pitcher was joined by team massage therapist Haro Ogawa, who Holland referred to as his “hype man” without ever formally introducing him.
Holland went on to inappropriately incorporate Asian stereotypes and employ Asian caricatures in the interview, including bowing to Ogawa three times while saying, “Much respect” and also yelling “Konnichiwa!”
Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee posted video to Twitter documenting Holland’s controversial conduct, segments of the interview which incidentally were removed from the footage later posted on MLB.com.
derek holland brought his “hype man” onto an intentional talk interview. the hype man spends the entire interview silent except when addressed.
holland then impersonates a strong asian accent to play for laughs. that’s the entire joke. that holland uses an asian accent. come on. pic.twitter.com/N3qhoYncro
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) August 22, 2018
Giants spokesperson Matt Chisholm issued a response on behalf of the organization to Deadspin.
“The Giants organization does not condone that type of behavior in any way,” Chisholm told Deadspin. “We spoke to Derek regarding his interview yesterday and he completely understands the severity of the situation and he apologizes if it offended anyone. That was not his intention at all, but he’s taking full responsibility for it. It was not his intention at all to embarrass Haro.”
Deadspin adds in its report that Chisholm mentioned Holland and Ogawa are friends.
“If you know Haro, these guys are friends in the clubhouse,” Chisholm said. “They both, you know, poke fun at one another. But, by no means at all is he trying to get across that he’s racist.”