NJ Politics Digest: Radio Hosts to Visit Sikh Temple After ‘Turban Man’ Comments

Gurbir Grewal.
Gurbir Grewal. Office of the Attorney General / Tim Larsen

A pair of radio hosts who were suspended after referring to state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal as “turban man” are expected to attend sensitivity training courtesy of United Sikhs, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

NJ.com reports that the group contacted radio station NJ101.5-FM after hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco after he made the comments about Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state attorney general.

A spokeswoman for the United Sikhs told NJ.com the comments “riveted not only the Sikh community but Sikhs worldwide.”

During their show, Malloy said he couldn’t remember Grewal’s name and so would refer to him as “the guy with the turban” and made other comments. The radio station suspended them for 10 days following public outcry over the comments.

United Sikhs offered to conduct the training for the hosts and all station employees at Guru Singh Sabha Sikh temple in Glen Rock, where Grewal is a member, NJ.com reported.

The president of the radio station told NJ.com that NJ101.5 employees, including the two hosts, would attend the training.

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