- LeBron James criticized an announcer for making a gun reference about Rockets’ Kevin Porter Jr.
- Porter Jr’s dad had served jail time for first-degree manslaughter and was later killed by gunfire.
- The announcer mentioned it was a mistake and he thought Porter’s dad was a former NBA participant.
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LeBron James on Thursday continued his criticism of NBC Sports Washington announcer Glenn Consor for a remark that, at worst, was offensive, and at greatest, confirmed an absence of preparation.
On Wednesday, Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. hit a game-winning three-pointer over the Washington Wizards.
—NBA (@NBA) January 6, 2022
After the shot, Consor mentioned on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast, “Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that set off proper on the proper time.”
Many on social media have been fast to level out that Porter’s father had served over 4 years in jail after pleading responsible to first-degree manslaughter. According to The Los Angeles Times, Porter Sr.’s gun had by accident discharged and killed a 14-year-old woman.
Porter Sr. died in 2004 after being shot at a Seattle bar.
Kevin Porter Jr.
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James even weighed in on Twitter, writing: “Oh he thought this was cool huh!!?? Nah we ain’t going for this! Sorry however this ain’t going to fly! How insensitive are you able to be to say one thing like this. Beat it man! I pray for you however there isn’t any place in our stunning recreation for you!”
—LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2022
Consor later issued an announcement on Twitter, saying he had mistakenly believed that Porter Jr.’s father was Kevin Porter, a former member of the Washington Bullets. Kevin Porter spent six seasons with the franchise within the Seventies and ’80s, averaging 10.6 factors and 6.6 assists per recreation.
Consor mentioned in his assertion that he was going to succeed in out to Porter Jr. to apologize.
—Glenn Consor (@glennconsor) January 6, 2022
However, talking to reporters from the Lakers observe on Thursday, James doubled down on his criticism.
“I stand by my tweet, and I stand by every part I mentioned,” James mentioned.
James argued that Consor ought to have achieved his analysis on Porter Jr.’s background.
“If I’m a play-by-play announcer, and I’m masking a staff, my native staff … so he remembers the Kevin Porter who used to play for the Bullets. The very first thing I’d have achieved, I’d have mentioned, ‘Oh, Kevin Porter Jr. is coming into city, let me see if that is his son.’ I’d have did that due diligence means earlier than, and I believe everybody on this name would have did the identical.”
James reiterated his level by naming a number of athletes who share comparable names, similar to present NBA guard Isaiah Thomas and NBA Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas, and the way he went to Google to see in the event that they have been associated.
“I do not need to hear that excuse,” James mentioned. “Could he have made a mistake? Absolutely. But in our job, in our area, as professionals, we’re in an expert league, you gotta do your due diligence and do your job — all the way in which to the purpose the place, why did he even say that on the finish of the sport, anyway? Those phrases?
“I’m not taking again nothing that I mentioned.”
James appeared to take situation with Consor utilizing a gun analogy on the published, saying he would not repeat what Consor mentioned.
James mentioned he was not calling for Consor to get fired, however continued to say that Consor ought to have achieved the analysis forward of time.
“That was the best second for that child in his younger NBA profession thus far,” James mentioned, noting that Porter Jr. appears to be like as much as him. “Why are we speaking about this?’