A veteran broadcaster made a reference to "lynching" during the middle of a high school boys hockey game on 45TV Thursday afternoon.
Play-by-play broadcaster Doug McLeod made the comment during the opening game of the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals between White Bear Lake and Blaine.
The tweet below picks up McLeod mid-sentence as he can be heard saying "all the White Bear fans get out the lynching ropes."
Bring Me The News understands that the station received several calls after the comment was made, with sideline reporter Charlie Beattie taking over commentary duties the next game.
McLeod was scheduled to call the next game between Eden Prairie and Lakeville South but was replaced, by Beattie, with KSTP's Tom Hauser apologizing to viewers.
"Earlier in this broadcast this afternoon, there was an inappropriate comment made,” Hauser said, via the Star Tribune. “If you were offended by this comment, we sincerely apologize."
We have reached out to KSTC 45 on Thursday for a comment but has not yet received a response.
According to the NAACP, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States from 1882-1968, and 3,446 of the documented killings were black people.
McLeod is well known in Minnesota hockey. He's been the full-time voice of the Gopher men's hockey team on Fox Sports North since 2012 and previously covered the team in 1980s.
He also served as the voice of the North Stars for six seasons before they relocated to Dallas. McLeod even played a role in the movie "Mystery, Alaska" in 1999, playing himself as a broadcaster for ESPN.