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Wizards’ team analyst apologizes for insensitive reference about Rockets’ player late father

Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. looks on during the second half of a game against the Miami Heat
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The Washington Wizards’ team color analyst has apologized for making an insensitive reference about Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr.’s late father during a game broadcast. 

“Please allow me to 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,” radio analyst Glenn Consor wrote on Twitter Thursday. 

“I mistakenly thought that Kevin was the son of former Washington player Kevin Porter and was unaware that the words I chose to describe his game-winning shot would be in any way hurtful or insensitive. I have reached out to Kevin to personally apologize and hope to be able to talk with him soon.”

Consor was filling in as a guest color commentator for NBC Sports’ Wednesday broadcast of the Wizards’ contest against the Rockets. 

During the Wizards’ 114-111 loss to Houston, Porter Jr. hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give his team victory. Consor then remarked that the Rocket guard “like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time,” drawing backlash from those who took it as a reference Porter’s father’s tragic life. 

Porter’s father, Kevin Sr., was charged for first-degree murder in the 1993 death of a 14-year-old girl and was sentenced to four and half years in prison after claiming the firearm accidentally discharged in the incident, according to The Washington Post

Porter Sr. was shot to death in a bar in 2004.

“Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time,” a Houston Rockets team blogger said in a tweet. “I can’t believe this was actually said on the Wizards broadcast.. Completely inexcusable.”

Some NBA players also chimed in with calls for the firing of Consor, who’s been working with the team since 2007, including Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James. 

“Oh he thought this was cool huh!!??” James wrote to Twitter on Thursday. “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!”

The Hill has reached out to the NBA for comment.

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