Subban nets apologies after 'dark guy in the middle' photo caption
Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:05AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:42AM EDT
Two Vancouver newspapers are apologizing to Canucks prospect Jordan Subban, after a photo was published to their websites describing him as the "dark guy in the middle."
Both The Vancouver Sun and The Province used the same caption to accompany a photo of Subban taken Tuesday at a pre-season matchup between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks in Vancouver.
In the photo, Subban is surrounded by several of his teammates. A caption accompanying the photo reads: "Vancouver Canucks celebrate goal by Jordan Subban (dark guy in the middle) against San Jose Sharks in NHL pre season game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on September 23, 2014."
In tweets sent Wednesday morning, both papers apologized to Subban, and said they were investigating the incident to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Last night we ran a photo caption that should never have been written, let alone run online. We apologize to @jordansubban. (1/2)— The Vancouver Sun (@VancouverSun) September 24, 2014
The Sun is looking into this so we can make sure it doesn't happen again. (2/2)— The Vancouver Sun (@VancouverSun) September 24, 2014
The Province regrets an insensitive description of Canuck Jordan Subban in a photo caption on our website last night. 1/2— The Province (@theprovince) September 24, 2014
We apologize to Subban, the Canucks and their fans for any offence. We are examining our process to ensure it can never happen again. 2/2— The Province (@theprovince) September 24, 2014
Earlier, Gillian Burnett, The Vancouver Sun's digital deputy editor, also explained on Twitter that the caption was written by a photographer and should not have been written or published.
The caption has since been removed.
When the photo was first published, Angry fans were among the first to call out the papers on social media.
Vancouver Sun and Province run same caption of Jordan Subban: "dark guy in the middle." Says a lot about moral compass of sports media here.— powder & the finger (@thepowderfinger) September 24, 2014
With files from CTV Vancouver