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NJ radio hosts suspended for slur against Sikh attorney general

July 26, 2018 - 5:15 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Two New Jersey deejays have been suspended for ten days after referring to New Jersey's attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, as "turban man."

WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco issued a written apology to Grewal and the Sikh and East Asian communities, writing they were "deeply sorry'" for the pain they caused. The station also apologized and suspended the pair without pay until Aug. 6.  

Grewal is the nation's first Sikh attorney general. He tweeted Thursday morning, "My name, for the record, is Gurbir Grewal."

Gov. Phil Murphy said he was outraged by the "abhorrent and xenophobic" comments.

Hoboken's first Sikh Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, said this type of "racist garbage" has no place on the air.

The longtime hosts of the "Dennis & Judi'' show uttered the slur on their Wednesday show while talking about Grewal's directive to prosecutors to temporarily suspend marijuana prosecutions statewide. Malloy said he couldn't remember Grewal's name, telling Franco: "I'm just going to say the guy with the turban.''

Malloy and Franco acknowledged their words might be offensive, but Malloy said ``if that offends you, then don't wear the turban and maybe I'll remember your name.''
The pair continued to refer to Grewal as ``turban man'' throughout the segment. 
Grewal, who wears a turban and full beard, took to Twitter on Thursday morning to call for an end to "small-minded intolerance.'' Advocacy groups condemned the radio hosts' remarks, as did Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who said hate speech ``does not belong on our airwaves.''