Cavs chided for in-game video showing man throwing woman
CLEVELAND - The Cavaliers are being criticized on social networks for playing a video during Wednesday night's playoff game that showed a man throwing a woman across a room for wearing a Bulls T-shirt.
During the Cavs' game against Chicago, the team showed a video on its large scoreboard spoofing a popular TV commercial in which a couple fall while attempting the famous lift from "Dirty Dancing." In the Cavs' in-arena promotion, the male Cavs fan lifts his partner then tosses her over a sofa, saying: "Bulls fan? I didn't know you were a Bulls fan."
An announcer then says: "When it's playoff basketball time, you have to be all in. Don't make the same mistake she made."
Later, the woman is shown holding an ice pack on her head and saying: "Well, I'm all-in now," a nod to Cleveland's playoff motto.
A Cavaliers spokesman responded with the following statement Thursday afternoon, calling the commercial a mistake and apologizing for it.
"We ran a 1-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,'" the Cavaliers said Thursday in a statement. "While the video was not intended to be offensive, it was a mistake to include content that made light of domestic violence."
The video can be watched below.