Lakers’ LeBron James slams Wizards announcer over Kevin Porter Jr. ‘trigger’ call – Orange County Register
Before a game, LeBron James goes through the movie, practices on and off the pitch, and tries to get as much context as possible on his next opponent before giving a tip.
He also expects broadcasters to prepare as much as possible.
That’s the crux of James’ criticism of Glenn Consor, a Washington Wizards analyst who made an unfortunate mistake in calling a winning shot from Houston Rockets goalie Kevin Porter Jr. on Wednesday night.
The call: “You have to give credit. Kevin Porter Jr., like his father, pulled the trigger at just the right time.
The problem: Kevin Porter’s father, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty to manslaughter to the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in 1993, and was himself shot in 2004.
Consor then apologized on social networks, claiming he mistook Kevin Porter Jr. as the son of Kevin Porter, the 71-year-old former Washington Bullets player. Consor said he contacted Porter Jr. and hoped to apologize personally.
James tweeted about the incident, saying “There is no place for you in our beautiful game!” “ After Thursday’s practice, the 37-year-old clarified his position by saying that he was not calling for Consor’s dismissal but he felt his mistake was in good faith or not he should be held accountable.
“What he said, regardless of whether he thought it was his father or not, was so callous and the words he used,” James said. “We know the words he used, I don’t even want to repeat it – it’s not even something that should never be said.”
James is skeptical in part because he can draw at least four examples from his own life when he wonders if current athletes are related to former greats. In nearly 10 minutes of commenting on the incident, James cited a few instances where he did his own research, including whether former teammate Isaiah Thomas was linked to Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame member Isiah Thomas (when Thomas was out of Washington) and whether former Brooklyn guard Mike James was related to former Toronto Raptors guard Mike James (neither is related). In football, he researched Marvin Harrison Jr. and Patrick Surtain II to see if they were related to former NFL players (both are the sons of their NFL namesakes).
James’ primary research tool for these questions was Google – anyone could find the answers to these questions, he said.
“(Consor) could he have made a mistake? Absolutely, “he said.” But in our work and in our field, as professionals we are in a professional league, you have to do your due diligence and do your job to the point where, why Did he even say that at the end of this match, anyway? These words. So I don’t take anything away from what I said.
Part of the injury comes from James’ relationship with Porter Jr., who started his career in Cleveland. He only lasted one season with the Cavaliers before being cut after an incident in the locker room in which he allegedly threw food across the room. There was a similar explosion last week in Houston, when multiple outlets reported Porter Jr. left the arena mid-game after being called into the locker room. The Rockets granted him a one game suspension for the incident.
James has a soft spot for the Seattle-born goalie who played sparingly at USC: “Kevin Porter Jr. admires me, and it’s my obligation to make sure he knows I’m backing him.
James’ claim is that Consor’s call spoiled what was a career highlight for a struggling young player with a complicated family history.
“This kid did a winning step three. Why are we talking about this? ” he said. “It’s unfortunate for this kid who was literally sent home a few days ago. We are already painting pictures of this kid, and now he has to face it.
James added that he didn’t think Consor should be fired for ‘slippage’, but he also didn’t want to move on quickly. He wants the media to be held to a high standard to avoid similar mistakes in the future.
“Sometimes we have heard the word ‘apologize’ and we move on,” he said. “We are just moving forward. “We, he apologized. ” We move forward. … I don’t always see it that way.