A Washington Wizards basketball announcer who came under fire for a comment he made about Kevin Porter Jr. apologized Thursday, saying he mistook Porter and his father for other people.
The announcer, Glenn Consor, made the comment Wednesday during the Houston Rockets' game against the Wizards after Porter made a 3-point shot right before the buzzer went off.
"You’ve got to give credit. Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time,” Consor said on the air, according to a video circulating on social media. "Boy, that one stung."
Several people, including the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, criticized Consor on social media because Porter's father, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl in 1993, USA Today reported. He was sentenced to 4½ years in prison.
Porter Sr. died in 2004 after he was shot in a bar in South Seattle, the newspaper reported.
"Oh he thought this was cool huh!!?? Nah we ain’t going for this!" James tweeted after he reposted the video. "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!"
Another Twitter user wrote that Porter "deserved better than that unfortunate commentary over his game winner."
Consor apologized Thursday and said he thought Porter was the son of former Washington player Kevin Porter, who played 10 seasons in the league.
"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," Consor wrote on Twitter. "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."
Consor said he had also reached out to Porter to apologize personally.