NBC Announcer Calls Wife Of Gay Brazilian Beach Volleyball Player Her ‘Husband.’

NBC announcer Chris Marlowe has apologized for referring to the wife of an openly gay female Brazilian beach volleyball player as her “husband.”

“I’m sorry for the mistake today. Clearly, Liliane is Larissa’s wife,” Marlowe said in a statement to Outsports. The match was aired live on NBC today.

After Larissa França and her Brazilian beach volleyball partner Talita Antunes won today to advance to the Olympics Round of 16, she went to Liliane Maestrini, whom she married in 2013 for a hug and shared a brief kiss, this was the commentary from NBC’s Chris Marlowe:

“She gives a hug to Lili. That is her husband. She married Lili in 2013 and Larissa is celebrating with her pals.”


credit: Jim Buzinski

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