Phoenix Mercury slams Johnjay and Rich Show DJ for ‘uncomfortable’ WNBA joke

A prominent DJ from the valley landed in hot water with the Phoenix Mercury and others on Tuesday to make a “joke” about the WNBA.

Johnjay Van Es of the Johnjay and Rich Show tweeted, “The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are trying to figure out how to hold events without spectators. They are investigating how the WNBA is doing it.”

That tweet, which has since been deleted, didn’t go well with Mercury, who responded with the following message: “The Valley-based syndicated radio host is using their platform this way. The ‘joke’ is ignorant, uncomfortable and lazy. Maybe you’re driving Go downtown every summer since 1997 and see for yourself, tough guy. “

The team also tweeted a video sent by Mercury fans to Van Es with the message “study this”.

When someone replied to Van Es’ original tweet with “Your sexism is showing,” Van Es replied, “No. Not everything has to be controversial. Just a simple funny joke.”

Many, including Mercury, did not find it “funny”.

Van Es later tweeted an apology on his account and responded to Mercury’s tweet with an apology.

“First, let me apologize to everyone who was offended by my previous tweet (RE: #TokyoOlympics & #WNBA) – I’m really sorry,” he tweeted. “I’m human enough to admit when I’m wrong, given the chance that I would like to make this a learning opportunity, not just for myself but for others as well.”

“I’ve already put that on my side, but I wanted to include it here. I feel really sorry for anyone who got offended by my tweet. I’m human enough to admit when I’m wrong and given the chance.” Happy to turn around This is an opportunity to learn, “he wrote on a tweet.

“When someone is ready, I’d love to have a @PhoenixMercury representative on my podcast to discuss women in sports. Maybe even schedule a time to shoot free throws for charity? The podcase and charity invites are both openly let me know, “he wrote of another.

“I did. It was made aware that they were rude and insensitive, so I removed them. I made a mistake and now I’m trying my best to correct that mistake and learn from it,” he tweeted too.

Mercury had this answer: “We’d love the opportunity to talk to you about the growth of women’s sports and to say hello to you and your family to a game. DM us.”

The JohnJay and Rich Show runs on 104.7 KISS FM in Phoenix.

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