Former Celtics reporter Emily Austen apologized for making racist and insensitive remarks that resulted in her losing her job last week.
Appearing on a Facebook Live chat on last Thursday, Austen referred to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love by using foul language several times. She also made derogatory comments about Mexican and Jewish people.
She was subsequently fired from her job as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Florida. The network's senior vice-president, Steve Tello, issued a statement to Deadspin.
"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."
On Sunday, Austen tweeted an apology.
Austen worked for the Celtics from September of 2013 through March of 2015, reporting on the team. She hosted and produced a live pregame show on Celtics.com, and would conduct live postgame interviews with members of the team that appeared on the jumbotron at TD Garden.