Wizards announcer under fire for reference to Kevin Porter Jr.’s father

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Wizards announcer under fire for reference to Kevin Porter Jr.’s father
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When Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. beat the buzzer with a winning 3-pointer in Washington on Wednesday evening, the celebration by the team and its recently suspended floor general went viral.

Overnight, the shot went viral again — but for a very different and unfortunate reason. Glenn Consor, an NBC Sports Washington analyst, analyzed Porter’s step-back shot on the Wizards’ television broadcast, and here’s what he had to say of the decisive moment:

You’ve got to give credit. Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time.

Porter Jr.’s father, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in 1993. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison. Porter Sr. died in 2004 after being shot in a South Seattle bar, when Porter Jr. was only four years old.

It’s possible that Consor believed a different Kevin Porter, who played several seasons with the Baltimore Bullets and Washington Bullets from 1972 until 1983, was Porter Jr.’s father. But that Porter is now 71 years old, and Porter Jr. is 21 — making for a 50-year age gap.

Expect Consor and the Wizards to address the situation on Thursday based on the growing backlash, including a tweet by future Hall of Famer LeBron James that strongly condemned the comments.

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