NBA photographer fired for sexist Kamala Harris post
The former NBA photographer has apologized after being called out.
Bill Baptist, an NBA photographer, was fired from his job because he posted a sexist meme about vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Baptise was working as a freelance photographer for Disney World bubble until he shared a post on Tuesday calling Harris a “hoe.”
The post read, “Joe and the H–,” stylized to look like Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign materials.
Baptist, a veteran photographer who worked with the Houston Rockets, will no longer be working with the team, KRRC, an NBC affiliate in Houston reported.
His unprofessional social media conduct was called out by WNBA icon Sheryl Swoopes, who was one of many who commented against his post before the NBA stepping in, according to Bleach Report.
“So this guy works for the NBA but covers the Houston Rockets,” she wrote on Facebook. “Has been around for a while. Even worked for the Houston Comets. It’s amazing how people will smile in your face but eventually their true colors will show. NBA and Houston Rockets he needs to GO!!! So disrespectful. Bill Baptiste (sic) shame on you!!!,” Swoopes said.
Baptist quickly released a statement of regret.
“I deeply regret posting on my Facebook page a phrase that I saw and copied from others as a sample of some people’s reactions to Biden’s selection of Senator Harris as his choice for VP. The phrase I posted does not reflect my personal views at all,” Baptist said.
“I should not have been so insensitive to post the statements by others. I sincerely apologize to all of those who have rightfully been offended and I have taken the post down from my FB page. It was a horrible mistake on my part,” he continued.
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