Wichita State player Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler calls out CBS broadcasters who made jokes about his name

WICHITA, KS - JANUARY 18: Wichita State Shockers forward Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler (44) in the first half of an AAC basketball game between the Houston Cougars and Wichita State Shockers on January 18, 2020 in the Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, KS.  (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler of Wichita State made jokes about his Native American name. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wichita State men’s basketball player Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler is half Native American from the Oglala Lakota tribe and grew up on a reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

His last name is pronounced exactly as it sounds.

During Monday’s Shockers 55-43 win over Grand Canyon University, CBS Sports broadcasters Chris Walker and Chick Hernandez took a few liberties and joked about that pronunciation.

“So it’s okay to make fun of my last name?” Poor Bear-Chandler wrote on Twitter. “Just shows your ability to be serious in a professional setting. Just because my people were nearly colonized doesn’t mean I don’t know where I’m from!

Following Poor Bear-Chandler’s tweet, the Wichita State Athletics issued a statement Tuesday regarding the “inappropriate and insensitive comments.”

“Who had that offensive rebound? I don’t even want to say it. I’ll let you say his name because I want to be sure. Is it ‘Pooh Bear?’ Come on, are you kidding me,” Walker said on the show.

Hernandez apparently tried to clarify that Poor Bear-Chandler’s name has cultural significance while mispronouncing it.

“Isaiah ‘Pooh Bear’ Chandler is 50% Native American from the Oglala Lakota tribe, so he chose to use ‘Pooh Bear’ on his jersey,” he said.

“You know what, I love it. Kudos to Coach Isaac Brown for making it happen,” Walker replied, before do a little where he compared the athlete to Winnie the Pooh.

The fifth-year big man was the backup center for Wichita State’s 2021 AAC regular-season title-winning team and returned to the Shockers after a year-long stint in Omaha.

Wichita State’s statement mentions that Walker and Hernandez have since made “apologetic efforts” in person and on-air.

According to the statement, “Isaiah very much hopes that this unfortunate event will serve as a positive learning opportunity for the benefit of the indigenous community.” He illustrated it by retweeting several educational posts.

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