SAN DIEGO – 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.