MLK daughter: Firing not best for weatherman accused of using 'slur'

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. said an upstate New York TV meteorologist who is accused of supposedly using a "racial slur" while saying her father's name shouldn't have been fired.

Jeremy Kappell | Image Source: CNN VAN

Bernice King said on TMZ Thursday there should be repercussions for WHEC's Jeremy Kappell. But, she said bias training or demotion might be better in this case.

Kappell has apologized for what he called a mispronunciation.

The firing has sparked a passionate debate in Rochester and beyond. NBC weatherman and personality Al Roker tweeted in defense of Kappell on Wednesday.

The station said Kappell's utterance was inexcusable.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren had called for his ouster. She reiterated her position in a video posted Thursday discussing MLK's legacy.

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