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No Offense
2005-01-21 22:57
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Can anyone translate this or this? For some reason, it's making me nervous - my post on Chin-Feng Chen was intended to be good-natured and I wouldn't want it to be misinterpreted.

Quick story: I worked for NBC as a gopher for the boxing coverage at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Some of you might remember how chaotic that was - Roy Jones being denied his gold medal, in a fight whose judging later was proven to be fixed, Byun-Jong Il's 67-minute sit-in in the boxing ring, etc. Anyway, at the end, we made sweatshirts that had the slogan, "We're boxing - We're bad." We meant bad in the "cool" sense, but whoever translated it into Korean made a mistake and used an offensive term. The sweatshirt story was broadcast on national television - with all our names - and covered worldwide. Got everyone in hot water. We felt lucky to get out of the country without being detained by the police.

By the way - I know Chen isn't Korean. It's just a language story. The point is, I do mean to be sensitive.

Anyway, if you scroll down you'll notice a recent rush of comments defending Chen, such as one saying that if the Dodgers don't keep him, it will be the worst decision they have ever made. The timing, of course, is ironic. I'm not going to say I agree with these commenters, but they're certainly welcome to their opinion.

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