The Houston Rockets beat the Washington Wizards at the buzzer Wednesday night on a Kevin Porter Jr. three-pointer. In the process, though, the Wizards broadcast offered up one of the worst on-air descriptions I’ve heard in a long time.
“Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time”
I can’t believe this was actually said on the Wizards broadcast.. Completely inexcusable. pic.twitter.com/bZcWEVqPOP
— Braddeaux (@BraddeauxNBA) January 6, 2022
For those who don’t know, the Houston Chronicle sums up well why the reference was so bad:
Before the Rockets guard was born, his father was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a 14-year-old girl. Porter Sr., claimed the gun accidentally discharged, a witness backed up his statement and he ended up pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter and serving more than four years in prison. In 2004, when Porter Jr., was four years old, his father was shot and killed in a Seattle bar.
You cringe instinctively. For his part, Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor apologized, indicating that he was thinking Porter’s father was someone else, and didn’t know about the gun-related history:
I want to sincerely apologize to Kevin Porter Jr and clarify last night’s call. pic.twitter.com/UweFhFnkbt
— Glenn Consor (@glennconsor) January 6, 2022
That would seem to be the worst coincidence ever. And if so, you actually feel kinda bad for Consor that this happened, though most of the thoughts go out to Kevin Porter Jr. for what was probably a really painful reminder.