Anchor suspended for comment about Danica Patrick

Anchor suspended for comment about Danica Patrick

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 27, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 1 at 9:46 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A San Diego TV sports anchor has been suspended for implying a sexist slur when talking about race car driver Danica Patrick.

Fox 5 San Diego tweeted late Tuesday that Ross Shimabuku has been suspended without pay for a week for his comments about Patrick before her Sprint Cup debut in the Daytona 500.

The anchor stopped just short of calling Patrick a derogatory name on the air after the NASCAR driver complained the media always describe female athletes like her as "sexy."

When the broadcast returned to Shimabuku, he responded by saying: "Oh, I've got a few words . Starts with a `B', and it's not `beautiful.' "

Shimabuku has since apologized. He joined the station in 2009.

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