Radio station to halt broadcasts for 'sensitivity training'

FILE - In this May 29, 2015 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, walks with former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria during the Best Buddies Challenge charity football game in Boston. Boston sports radio station WEEI announced Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, that live programs will halt from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday while employees receive "sensitivity training." It comes a week after talk show host Fauria impersonated Brady's agent Don Yee on air. Yee is of Chinese descent but was born in Sacramento, Calif. Fauria was suspended for five days and has since apologized. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

A Boston sports radio station facing criticism for the offensive nature of its shows says it will suspend all live programming while employees receive "sensitivity training."

BOSTON — A Boston sports radio station facing criticism after a host used a stereotyped Asian accent to impersonate New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's agent will suspend live programming while employees receive "sensitivity training."

WEEI announced Wednesday that live programs will halt from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday while the staff participates in the mandatory, all-day training.

It comes after host Christian Fauria impersonated Don Yee on air last Friday. Yee is of Chinese descent but was born in Sacramento, California.

Fauria, a former Patriots tight end, was suspended for five days and has since apologized. But The Boston Globe reports at least five advertisers have terminated or suspended commercial buys as a result of the incident.

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