Kendall Gill Suspended for Tim Doyle Fight, All Because NBA Refs Are Awful
Kendall Gill didn't really appreciate what his colleague Tim Doyle said about him while taping Sports Talk Live for Comcast SportsNet, so he punched him.
Now see, why can't this happen after a taping of First Take? We don't ask for much in life, but a similar story involving Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith would be peachy.
The story was first posted by Chicago Business' Danny Ecker who writes what is pretty much a very thorough version of "Guys, I was totally there."
The incident followed the taping of "Sports Talk Live," a panel discussion on Comcast SportsNet Chicago that featured me, Mr. Doyle and Chicago Sun-Times reporter Herb Gould. Mr. Gill confronted Mr. Doyle in the newsroom over critical comments he had made on the air about Mr. Gill's analysis of the controversial final moments of Monday's Chicago Bulls-Denver Nuggets game.
Decker links to the following video featuring Gill who goes on to destroy the NBA referees for disallowing a late Joakim Noah basket that would have given the Bulls a win in Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.
There is a good replay on the video that shows a ball that very well may have been on target. For an explanation of the call, we defer to ESPN, which has a great report of the play. Basically, the refs saw the ball headed for the cylinder.
Referee Ken Mauer summed it up for reporters. "If we deem the ball in its descent has a chance to score, and therefore it's in the cylinder, it's either offensive basket interference or it's goaltending, that's it."
There, now we can all move on.
However, if there is anything that is likely to tear families apart and force friends to fight, it has to be the capricious calls coming from NBA referees.
Ecker then explains what takes place after Doyle apparently took the other side of the argument while taping a show with Gill.
The altercation happened right in front of me as Mr. Doyle and I were walking through the CSN newsroom on our way out of the building.
Mr. Gill approached Mr. Doyle and called him out for his comments, which escalated to a shoving match and ultimately Mr. Gill throwing a punch at Mr. Doyle. The two bumped up against a sign on the wall and a small amount of blood was drawn (though it was unclear exactly how) before the two were separated.
If you have been following along closely, the next part will not surprise you. Gill has been suspended from his analysis duties for the network.
The most amazing part of this story for me is there was actual blood drawn during the altercation. I have been around a bunch of sports-related kerfuffles—not many involved sober participants.
What usually goes down is an awkward fracas not unlike an NFL fight—a lot of pushing, shoving and conversations about the finer points of another's mother.
In this case, it was most definitely on like Donkey Kong, and all because we can't agree on NBA calls.
Because it sounds like we need a refresher course, it's never a good idea to strike a colleague, especially when it has anything to do with NBA referees.
They are just not worth it, guys.
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