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Video: Bernier’s infamous Nelson Mandela interview

Jonathan Bernier

Over the weekend, Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier expressed embarrassment about an interview in which he called Nelson Mandela “a tremendous athlete,” adding “he’s definitely one of the athletes I watched growing up.”

At the time, video of the incident -- which occurred during the Toronto Raptors’ ”Giants of Africa” gala -- wasn’t available, as the NBA club quickly pulled the clip from the web.

But now... it’s available:

As mentioned above, Bernier expressed remorse about what transpired and apologized for the error.

“I’m embarrassed,” said Bernier, per the Toronto Star. “I didn’t mean to offend him, his legacy. I got flustered with the red carpet and I was nervous.

“I think everyone makes mistakes and that was me that night.”