Cleveland Cavaliers Apologize For Video of Man Throwing Female Chicago Fan [Video]
Well, you might say all is fair in professional sports, but this one goes overboard, literally. Sadly, this pokes fun at domestic violence.
During Wednesday night's playoff game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls a video was shown during a time out on Cleveland's large stadium screen. The Video showed a man, violently throwing a woman across a room. Why? Because she was wearing a Chicago T-shirt.
The video lasted about one minute and was poking fun poking fun at the movie "Dirty Dancing."
In the promotional video, a male Cleveland fan lifts his partner then tosses her over a sofa. After he says:
Bulls fan? I didn't know you were a Bulls fan.
Later in the video you can see the woman holding an ice pack to her head and she says:
Well, I'm all-in now
"All In" is the Cavaliers post-season slogan for the postseason.
During a timeout at last night’s Cavaliers vs. Bulls playoff game at The Q in Cleveland, we ran a 1-minute in-arena video that was intended to be a humorous spoof on a popular commercial centered on a song and dance from the classic movie ‘Dirty Dancing.’ While the video was not intended to be offensive, it was a mistake to include content that made light of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a very serious matter and has no place in a parody video that plays in an entertainment venue. We sincerely apologize to those who have been affected by domestic violence for the obvious negative feelings caused by being exposed to this insensitive video.
The Cavaliers organization has a strong and lengthy track record of supporting domestic violence-related causes and efforts. We will continue to proudly work with our regional partners at the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center in support of their numerous programs to end domestic violence in our country once and for all.