After making an unfortunate ‘trigger’ reference during Wednesday night’s Wizards-Rockets game, a Washington announcer has apologized after ‘mistakenly’ confusing the father of Houston guard Kevin Porter Jr., who was shot to death in 2004, with a former Bullets player of the same name.
On Thursday, Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for the remark, which came after Porter Jr.’s game-winning shot against the Wizards and has since drawn criticism from none other than LeBron James.
‘You’ve got to give credit,’ Consor said after Porter Jr. sealed a 114-11 win with a buzzer-beating game-winning three-pointer. ‘Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time.’
Unfortunately for Consor, many presumed his mistake was an intentional reference to Kevin Porter Sr., who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in 1993 and was later shot to death in a Seattle bar in 2004.
‘Oh he thought this was cool huh!!??’ James tweeted Thursday morning, before Consor’s apology. ‘Nah we ain’t going for this! Sorry but this ain’t going to fly! How insensitive can you be to say something like this. (sic) Beat it man! I pray for you but there’s no place in our beautiful game for you!’
Consor apologized for his mistake Thursday morning and offered a reasonable explanation: he was thinking of the wrong Kevin Porter.
The former Washington Bullets guard played four seasons with the franchise, which has since changed its name to the Wizards, and is now 71-years-old.
‘Please allow me to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to Kevin Porter Jr., his family and the Rockets organization for the comments I made during last night’s game,’ Consor wrote. ‘I mistakenly thought Kevin was the son of former Washington player Kevin Porter and was unaware that the words I chose to describe his game-winning shot would be in any way hurtful or insensitive.
‘I have reached out to Kevin to personally apologize and hope to be able to talk with him soon.’
On its surface, Consor’s explanation is believable, given the fact that he was broadcasting to a Washington DC-based audience, which might be familiar with the former Bullets guard.
Consor, a New York native who played professionally in Israel, has not been punished by the team or NBC Sports Washington.
Source: Thanks msn.com