Wichita State Shockers player Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler jokes about his Native American name. (Photo by Scott Winters/Acon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wichita State men’s basketball player Isaiah Poor-Chandler is half-Native American from the Oglala Lakota tribe and grew up on a reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

It says exactly how the last name sounds.

In the Shockers’ 55-43 win over Grand Canyon University Monday, CBS Sports anchors Chris Walker and Chick Hernandez decided to take some liberties and poke fun at that statement.

“So it’s okay to joke about last names?” Poor bear-chanler wrote on Twitter. “It just shows your ability to be serious in a professional setting. Just because my people were colonized doesn’t mean I don’t know where I come from!”

Wichita State athletics issued a statement on Tuesday calling for “inappropriate and insensitive comments” following Poor Beer-Channeler’s tweet.

“Who got that offensive restoration? I don’t even want to say. I want to be sure, so I’ll let you name it. ‘Pooh Bear?’ Come on, you’re kidding me,” Walker said on the broadcast.

Hernandez seems to be trying to explain that the poor bear-chanler’s name has cultural significance while still mispronouncing it.

“Isaiah ‘Pooh Bear’ Chandler is 50% Native American from the Oglala Lakota tribe, so he chose to use ‘Pooh Bear’ on his jersey.

“You know what, I love that. Shout out to Coach Isaac Brown for letting it happen,” Walker previously responded. Do a little He compared the athlete to Winnie the Pooh.

The fifth-year big man was the backup center on Wichita State’s 2021 AAC regular season title-winning team and returns to the Shockers after a one-year stint in Omaha.

Wichita State’s statement noted that Walker and Hernandez made “amnesty efforts” in person and on air.

According to the statement, “Isaiah strongly wants this tragedy to serve as a positive learning opportunity to support the indigenous community. He demonstrated this by reprinting several academic texts.


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