Washington Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor made a highly questionable reference to the father of Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. on the air Wednesday night when Porter Jr. hooked up on a winning line during a game against the Wizards.
“You have to give credit. Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled the trigger just at the right time,” Consor said in the dying seconds of Houston’s 114-111 win.
Porter Jr.’s father, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in 1993. Porter Sr. ended up being sentenced to four years. and six months in prison for the crime. In 2004, Porter Sr. was shot and killed in a Seattle bar while trying to help an attacked person.
At the time of Porter Sr.’s death, Porter Jr. was only four years old.
On Thursday, Consor took to social media and apologized to Porter Jr.
“Let me take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to Kevin Porter Jr., his family and the Rockets organization for the comments I made during last night’s game,” Consor wrote. on Twitter. “I mistakenly thought Kevin was the son of former Washington player Kevin Porter and had no idea that the words I had chosen to describe his winning shot would be somehow hurtful or insensitive. I contacted Kevin to apologize personally and hope to be able to speak with him soon. “
Social media was stunned on Tuesday night by Consor’s grim comments. LeBron James even intervened on the situation:
“Oh he thought that was cool huh !! ?? No we’re not going for that! Sorry but it’s not going to fly! How can you be insensitive to say something like that,” James tweeted . “Bat it man! I pray for you, but there is no place for you in our beautiful game! “