CBS Broadcasters Slammed For Mocking Native American Basketball Player’s Name

Wichita State men’s basketball player Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler He is not happy with CBS broadcasters making fun of his culturally significant name.

basketball half native American Oglala hails from the Lakota tribe and grew up on a reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

CBS Sports Broadcasters Chris Walker and Chick Hernandez joked during their coverage of Monday’s Wichita State victory over Grand Canyon University that “Poor-Bear” was “Pooh Bear.”

When word got back to poor Bear-Chandler, he responded on Twitter.

“So it’s okay to make fun of my last name?” Poor Bear-Chandler wrote on Twitter. “Shows your ability to be serious in a professional setting. Just because my people were almost colonized doesn’t mean I don’t know where I come from!

Wichita State athletics also put out a statement Tuesday addressing the “inappropriate and insensitive comments.”

During the game, Walker said, “Who got that offensive rebound? I don’t even want to say that. I’ll let you name him because I want to be sure. Is it ‘Pooh Bear?’ Come on, you got to be kidding me.

Hernandez replied, “”Isaiah ‘Pooh Bear’ Chandler is 50% Native American from the Oglala Lakota tribe, so he chose to use ‘Pooh Bear’ on his jersey,” he said.

“You know what, I love that. Shout out to Coach Isaac Brown for letting this happen,” Walker shot back earlier. doing a little where he compared the athlete to Winnie the Pooh.

Walker and Hernandez later made “apologetic efforts”, Wichita State said.

“Isaiah intends for this unfortunate incident to serve as a positive learning opportunity in support of the Indigenous community,” the university said.