Keisei Tominaga the butt of Pat McAfee Show racist, repulsive joke

  • The Pat McAfee show has long been one that caters to the lowest common denominator.
  • A joke about Keisei Tominaga committing seppuku crossed the line.
Mar 22, 2024; Memphis, TN, USA;  Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Keisei Tominaga (30) reacts on the bench
Mar 22, 2024; Memphis, TN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Keisei Tominaga (30) reacts on the bench / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Since the Nebraska basketball team was run out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round by Texas A&M, something very strange has happened. The internet has reacted to a very human clip of Keisei Tominaga reacting to the loss, and his final game as human in pretty disgusting ways.

There was the Kansas State recruiting analyst who claimed he “loves” Keisei who also decided to make a joke about his crying on the sidelines in the final minutes of the game. There was the Illinois Barstool Twitter account seemed very offended by the Japanese import getting any credit for his play at all.

That take was so bad that other Illinois Twitter accounts actually began fighting amongst themselves in order to come to the Nebraska basketball star’s defense. 

Then there was the Twitter account that made a racist joke I won’t post here about the way that Tominaga speaks. And then, there was the ESPN-owned Pat McAfee Show making the most classless jokes that managed to make fun of mental illness and Japanese culture in one fell swoop.

Producer/personality Boston Connor did a bit on Monday’s episode where he played a character named “Donny Don Don.” This character was said to be “reporting live” from “the Rumor Mill.”

Pat McAfee show makes racist, repulsive joke about Keisei Tominaga

Connor, whose real name is Connor Campbell, then launched into his funny, funny schtick.

“Rumor has it that our favorite player, Keisei Tominaga, is no longer with us. And I’m not saying he’s no longer with us because the Nebraska Cornhuskers lost by 50. He actually performed seppuku on himself,” Campbell said. “Stabbed himself through the chest in the heart because he felt as though he brought a dishonor to himself, his family and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.”

Isn’t that hilarious?! A Husker player who was clearly unhappy about his team’s performance, and his own, as well as being incredibly sad that his playing days in Lincoln was over, committed suicide. The Pat McAfee Show once again shows off it’s comedic genius.

It’s worth pointing out that there were plenty of clips of players all over college basketball, both on the men’s and women’s sides who were clearly bereft as their teams lost over the weekend. 

Sort of odd that Keisei Tominaga was the only player who committed ritual suicide according to these classless weirdos.

But wait! The joke didn’t end there!

Campbell then went on to say that he hadn’t actually confirmed through the obituary that the Nebraska Cornhuskers star was dead. At this point, McAfee responded that they’d confirm it, and that he wasn’t dead. 

Campbell, clearly decided he wanted to remove any doubt that he was a complete jackass, doubled down.

“Well, how do you know?” he asked, then pulled up a photo of Keisei Tominaga crying. The producer then insisted the basketball star flew back to Japan and committed seppuku.

Campbell went so far as to add additional fake details, including that Tominaga was given the sword he stabbed himself with by his father (who has become a well known fixture at Nebraska basketball games over the years) While playing along, McAfee continued to insist that Tominaga was not, in fact dead.

I guess we can all thank McAfee for kinda sorta rebutting a truly gross segment on a show that already isn’t known for anything close to intelligent banter.

It’s here where I proudly pronounce myself as someone who would never ever watch this awful program other than when someone points out clips like this. 

Whether it's classless, racist jokes, or promoting harmful nonsense about the COVID vaccine, The Pat McAfee Show can’t be taken off the air fast enough.