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The following is from CNN:
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Two Duke students want a public apology from basketball announcer Billy Packer, accusing him of sexist remarks before a basketball game last weekend.
Students Jen Feinberg and Sarah Bradley said they were checking credentials at the band and media entrance to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Feb. 26 men’s game between Duke and St. John’s.
Packer, one of the CBS announcers for the game, arrived at the entrance but Feinberg did not know who he was.
“So I asked to see his press pass, and he said, `You need to get a life. Since when do we let women control who gets into a men’s basketball game? Why don’t you go find a women’s game to let people into?’” Feinberg said.
“I was stunned. I couldn’t think of anything to say.”
The two students sent a letter overnight to CBS Sports president and Duke alumnus Sean McManus seeking the apology. The letter also was sent to the campus newspaper.
“Just because he’s some big-shot sports announcer and we’re a couple of female college students, it doesn’t make it OK for him to say things like that,” Feinberg said. McManus sent both students an e-mail Friday saying Packer would be calling them personally. Packer, a star guard at Wake Forest in the early 1960s, said Friday night he hasn’t called the two women.
“I have not talked to CBS about contacting them,” Packer said. “I have nothing to say about it. If those two girls have a problem with me, they should call me up. I’m easy to find, or they should’ve told me at the time.”
Packer said he “would not be able to remember what I said,” but he has never been questioned about entering Cameron in his 30 years covering games there.
Four years ago, Packer was criticized after referring to then-Georgetown guard Allen Iverson as a “tough little monkey.” Packer, who apologized on the air, later had a telephone conversation with the Rev. Jesse Jackson about the comment.
What a jackass. Not only is he a boring, rotten basketball commentator, but he’s a racist, sexist, pompous, condescending dickweed as well. Asswipe.