I haven't been on the forum for awhile and missed the controversy over the weekend and had no ideas what was going on when I turned the show on today at around 2:45 and had to google what the situation was.I am surprised that people are giving him such a pass on his apology. Yes, he sounded genuine and embarrassed by what he said. But he apologized to his co-hosts and "other people in the industry that deal with this stuff on a daily basis."
Deal with what? An inappropriate comment or blatant racism? He never even says the word racist or racism. And that is what it was. How about apologizeling to the men you were racist towards...no matter if you have no idea who they are or where they are today. Apologize to Felger and Murray? Get the fuck out. I don't think Mazz is a racist (though I don't know him or anyone that does). That doesn't mean he can't make a racist comment for a cheap joke at the expense of a marginalized group and suffer consequences (4 day suspension is a joke). And he has the gall to say that he was trying to make fun of Felger? That makes the apology even worse.
The way Felger went into the break I found it interesting that he didn't announce that we were listening to Felger and Mazz with Joe Murray, it was something along the lines of "It's Felger with Joe Murray". I could be reading too much into that, but I think the 4 day suspension is either a trial to see if it becomes a bigger controversy or if it's the first step to removing him completely and they are working with thier lawyers to end the contract.
Whether or not he should be fired, I don't know.
I have conflicting feelings about it because I think his apology was sincere and heart felt and I believe Gaspar when he says that while disappointing he still considers Mazz a friend that made a stupid joke. At the same time, Dude... WTF!?! Yeah we all make mistakes, I've made jokes I instantly regretted trying to be funny, but never something so blatantly racist. The fact that he asked if the 2 guys behind him could hear him before he made the joke shows that he had some line of thinking that it would be offensive.