San Diego TV anchor slams Danica PatrickUPDATE 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.
02/28/12 Forget Ron Burgundy in the movie "Anchorman." San Diego now has a real life television reporter bringing embarrassment to the city.
USA Today reports Fox 5 San Diego's Ross Shimabuku slammed Danica Patrick last week stopping just short of calling her - well a word also meaning female dog.
Shimabuku started his sportscast last Monday calling Patrick a "pretty girl" who makes a lot of "money in sponsorships because of it. But what's not attractive is that she's sexy and she knows it."
The report then cut to a video of Patrick's appearance at NASCAR media day and her discussion of how the media always describe female athletes such as herself as "sexy."
"Is there any other word that you can use to describe me?" she asks, while a Fox headline underneath reads: "Danica Patrick. I'm sexy and I know it!"
Shimabuku returns on camera to say "Oh, I've got a few words… Starts with a 'B', and it's not 'beautiful."
The sports anchor closes by saying Patrick "always has a chip on her shoulder, trying to prove something."
No word yet on whether Shimabuku also plays Jazz Flute like Burgundy. CBS Sports
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