LeBron James condemned Glenn Consor for his comments about Kevin Port Jr.’s father.
On Wednesday, Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. hit a game-winning three-pointer over the Washington Wizards. LeBron James says he was watching when the announcer commented.
“Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time,” Consor said on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast.
🚀🚀🚀 KEVIN PORTER JR, FOR THE WIN! 🚀🚀🚀 pic.twitter.com/iP7Q0w07AR
— NBA (@NBA) January 6, 2022
According to USA Today, Porter’s father, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a 1993 shooting death of a 14-year-old girl and was sentenced to over four years in prison, according to USA Today. Porter Sr. died in July 2004 after being shot multiple times at a Seattle bar.
James tweeted a scathing response to the video of Consor’s call.
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
The shady announcer released a statement to Twitter apologizing to Porter Jr., his family and the Rockets organization. He said he incorrectly thought Kevin Porter Jr. was the son of a former NBA point guard who played professionally from 1972 to 1983, including a period with the Washington Wizards.
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
In a recent Laker’s Practice interview, James defended his criticism.
“I stand by my tweet, and I stand by everything I said,” James told the media.
“I’m not a play-by-play person, an analyst, but I believe that they do their due diligence as well when they get their reports,” James continued. “If that’s the case if I am a play-by-play announcer and I’m covering a team, my local team. In his case, he’s covering the Wizards. So he remembers the Kevin Porter who used to play for the Bullets, correct? The first thing I would’ve done, I would’ve said, ‘Kevin Porter Jr. is coming into town. Let me see if that’s his son.’ I would’ve did that due diligence way before, and I think everyone on this call would’ve done the same thing.”
See the full interview here: