ESPN is going to want this segment back. The network mistakenly attributed a quote from the Twitter account Ballsack Sports to Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant, who was speaking about Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Check it out.
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 11, 2022
ESPN- and fill-in host David Jacoby accidentally attributed a Ballsack Sports quote to Morant, who “said” that Jordan “would be just another superstar” in today's game in the made-up quote. Jacoby later apologized.
Here's what he actually said. Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks interviewed Ja Morant, who spoke about how he'd like to thank Michael Jordan, who he said is “the reason a lot of people want to play the game of basketball.”
Then, the Grizzlies star began to speak about how he wishes he played in that era. How he would have liked to have put his skills up against Jordan, to which Rooks questioned him.
How would he have fared against the Bulls legend? Morant said that he “would have cooked him too.” The Grizzlies star paid all his dues and respect towards the man widely regarded as the greatest to ever pick up a basketball.
However, the Grizzlies star's trademark confidence has no limits- and rightfully so- as he believes he'd go up against the best and come out on top.
Which, as you can tell, is not at all what ESPN was attributing Morant to have said. No one would have batted an eye if they had shared Morant's quote about whooping Jordan.
Eyebrows would have been raised, sure. But complete chaos would not have ensued, as it likely did after the fake quote was shared.
Curse you, Ballsack Sports!