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Cavaliers apologize for 'insensitive video'

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A Cavaliers apologized for airing a video during a game that showed a man catching a woman, then throwing her down. (YouTube.com)

A Cavaliers apologized for airing a video during a game that showed a man catching a woman, then throwing her down. (YouTube.com)

The Cleveland Cavaliers apologized Thursday for an "insensitive" in-game video played Wednesday night that seemingly made light of domestic violence.

The Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 106-91 Wednesday to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1.

During the game, a team-produced video showed a parody of "Dirty Dancing" in which a man finishes a dance by lifting a woman and then, upon seeing she is wearing a Chicago Bulls shirt, throws her to the floor. He then says, "Bulls fan? I didn't know you were a Bulls fan. I can't believe she's a Bulls fan."

A voiceover then adds, "When it's playoff basketball time, you have to be all in. So don't make the same mistake she made." The clip ends with the couple sitting on the couch, the woman holding an ice bag to her head.

For mobile users, watch the video here.

In the apology statement Thursday, the Cavaliers said: "During a timeout at last night's Cavaliers vs. Bulls playoff game at The Q in Cleveland, we ran a one-minute in-arena video that was intended to be a humorous spoof on a popular commercial centered on a song and dance from the classic movie 'Dirty Dancing.' While the video was not intended to be offensive, it was a mistake to include content that made light of domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is a very serious matter and has no place in a parody video that plays in an entertainment venue. We sincerely apologize to those who have been affected by domestic violence for the obvious negative feelings caused by being exposed to this insensitive video.

"The Cavaliers organization has a strong and lengthy track record of supporting domestic violence-related causes and efforts. We will continue to proudly work with our regional partners at the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center in support of their numerous programs to end domestic violence in our country once and for all."


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