Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took notice of an egregious comment from a Washington Wizards announcer regarding Kevin Porter Jr.
Thursday night, the Wizards lost to the Houston Rockets on a game-winning triple from Porter. Washington’s announcer, Glenn Consor, then made a comment about Porter knowing when to pull the trigger. The comment was extremely problematic because Porter’s father was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a teenager and was himself murdered by gunfire when Porter was young.
Although Censor’s comments used common basketball lingo, it was the absolute wrong choice to use for someone whose father had a terrible history with guns. James took exception to the comment on Twitter. The Lakers forward declared that basketball had no need for a man of Consor’s insensitivity:
Oh he thought this was cool huh!!?? 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. Beat it man! I pray for you but there’s no place in our beautiful game for you! https://t.co/UgVOBUOsPK
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2022
Consor issued an apology after the game, explaining that he thought Porter was the son of former NBA player Kevin Porter, who played for Washington in the 1970s and 1980s. Still, his choice of words was appalling and James was understandably discomforted. The Lakers star is not alone in his outrage. Others within the NBA world like Marquese Chriss and Jared Sullinger were outraged at the remark, too.
Porter’s game-winner snapped an eight-game losing streak for Houston. He recorded nine points and a game-high eight assists. The Rockets remain in last place in the Western Conference. Their next game is Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.
James and the Lakers, who are sixth in the conference, face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday on the heels of a three-game win streak.