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Emily Austen’s apology doesn’t quite cover her transgressions

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The plan for the Tampa Bay Rays evidently is for former sideline reporter Emily Austen to go away quietly.

Of course, if that had been the plan all along, Austen might still be employed.

Austin was fired last week after making several thick-headed statements while appearing on Barstool Sports disparaging Jews, Asians and Hispanics. She was immediately removed from the broadcast team, which hasn’t had much to say about her absense.

This week, Austen reponded with a tweet: “I made a terribl mistake. I was in an environment where I was trying to be funny and made a joke, and my comments were insensitive. You can truest this was absolutely not my intention. Anyone who knows me knows that is it not now I truly feel. I will continue to work hard to prove myself and make things right. I know I have some growing to do, and I sincerely apologize. Something like this will never happen again.”

Some reactions.

One): Austen did not make “a” joke. She made several.

Two): She wasn’t required to say a word. She certainly could have taken the high road.

Three): Wasn’t that the same reasoning used by John Rocker, Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder and Al Campanis?

Four): How in the world did Austen expect to go back into the Rays’ locker room which has an Asian and several Hispanics. The team’s owner, Stu Sternberg, is Jewish.

Five): At what point was it a good idea to go on Barstool sports to begin with?

For now, there is one fewer voice at Fox Sports Sun.

It sounds fine.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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