Florida sports reporter fired for racist remarks, including ones about Mayte Lara

Emily Austen, a contract sideline reporter for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Orlando Magic, will no longer appear in Fox Sports Sun broadcasts after appearing in a Facebook Live video where she made several racist comments, including one about Crockett High School valedictorian Mayte Lara.

Emily Austen

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Austen, who was paid per game and was never employed or paid by the Rays, appeared on a Barstool Sports Facebook Live video on June 9. During the course of the video, she discussed topical sports news of the day with the show’s hosts David Portnoy (Presidente), Dan Katz (Big Cat) and Kevin Clancy (KFC). Those topics included Johnny Manziel’s latest antics, Kevin Love’s poor performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and, at the 24:00 mark, Crockett High School valedictorian Mayte Lara.

Read more: Who is Mayte Lara? Meet the girl behind the tweet

“I didn’t even know Mexicans were that smart,” Austen says of Lara at the 25:30 mark. “Wait, that’s f—– up, I didn’t mean it like that, like…you guys know that the Chinese guy is always the smartest guy in math class,” she continued.

“I like that, you get yourself out of a stereotype with another stereotype,” Katz said.

Austen continued: “Everybody thinks that…I love all people, I don’t care if you’re white, yellow, brown, purple…”

Read more: Here’s what people are saying about Mayte Lara’s viral tweet

After a question about Jewish people from one of the hosts, Austen offered her opinion on that demographic as well.

“The way I used to talk to the Jews in Boca… I just didn’t care. They would complain and bitch about everything. I gave a guy, delivered his beer, and he was complaining to me that there was too much head. I knew that he was a stingy a–hole, and he wasn’t going to give me a tip.”

Oh, and she also repeatedly called Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love “a little b—-.”

Read more: Statesman reporter James Barragan’s open letter to Mayte Lara

“We were made aware that Emily Austen appeared in a social media video unaffiliated with Fox Sports in which she made insensitive and derogatory comments. She was not speaking on behalf of Fox Sports, nor do we condone any of the statements she made in the video. Emily has been advised that her comments were unacceptable, and she is not scheduled to appear on any upcoming Fox Sports Florida or Fox Sports Sun broadcasts,” a statement issued Friday by Fox Sports Florida said.

Watch video: ‘Undocumented’ Austin valedictorian delivers commencement speech

The video, which Deadspin reported was no longer on Barstool Sports‘ Facebook page as of 6:45 p.m. June 9, is available in full on Vimeo. You can watch it below (warning: NSFW language, obviously).


The best-selling jersey in Texas belongs to this former Houston Rocket

Jersey collecting is a big business in America. Some throwback jerseys go for as much as $300 at Mitchell and Ness, a sporting clothes store that specializes in nostalgic items.

Mitchell & Ness
Mitchell & Ness

Recently, the store released its numbers for the best-selling jersey from each state, and the results aren’t too surprising.

Former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon was the best-seller in Texas, beating last year’s reigning champ, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. You can buy an Olajuwon jersey from the site for a cool $250.

Other states had similarly predictable results. Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is still No. 1 in the hearts of Coloradoans, while former Orioles third baseman and shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. naturally holds a best-selling streak in Maryland.

The best-selling jersey for the nation, though, goes to former Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird, who edged out L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant from 2014’s top spot. Bird was also the top-seller in Massachusetts (naturally). The price of both of those jerseys? $250 and $260, respectively.

Check out the rest of the results and a full breakdown of the map here.