“How Insensitive Can You Be..”: LeBron James Stood Up for Kevin Porter Jr After NBA Broadcaster Controversy in 2022

Published 01/17/2023, 12:33 AM EST
Jan 7, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) stands on the court during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the game against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has been known to be vocal about certain controversial issues. Be it for Jerry Jones’ 1957 photo or Kyrie Irving’s antisemitic comments, the 4x NBA champion does not shy away from giving his take on the disputed matters. Therefore, when an NBA broadcaster caused a blunder and made an insensitive comment about Houston Rockets star Kevin Porter Jr., LeBron could not stay mum.

The Houston Rockets had faced the Washington Wizards on January 2, 2022. Rockets fans erupted with joy when Porter Jr. made a game-winning shot defeating the Wizards by 114-111. Amidst all that, Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor gained negative attention due to his controversial comment about Porter Jr.

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Broadcaster and analyst Glenn Consor was heavily criticized after he incorrectly identified Houston Rockets star Kevin Porter Jr. Following a game-winning shot by the NBA star, Consor made a comment regarding Porter that did not sit well with the NBA world. After Porter hit a buzzer beater against the Washington Wizards, Consor said, “You’ve got to give credit. Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time.”

Consor apparently thought that Porter was the son of former Washington Wizards (Bullets) player Kevin Porter. However, the Houston star’s father, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., was reportedly a convicted murderer who was sentenced to prison in 1993 and died in a shooting in 2004.

Upon realizing the blunder he had caused, Consor did not waste time in issuing a public apology to Porter, his family, and the Rockets franchise for his ‘insensitive’ comment. However, this did not stop LeBron James from lashing out at the analyst for what he had said.

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“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!” LeBron tweeted.

Rockets defeat the Wizards

The Houston Rockets and the Washington Wizards were tied by 111-111 in the fourth quarter before Kevin Porter Jr. shot a three-pointer and led his team to victory. Former Rockets teammate Christian Wood scored 22 points and 11 rebounds. The win ended the Rockets’ eight-game losing streak. Jalen Green added 22 points, whereas Eric Gordon scored 19 points.

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Wizards’ Bradley Beal led the team scoring 27 points in the losing game. Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 26 points.

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Siyari Debbarma

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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management. She previously interned at the Y-East Organization as a content writer.

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