Stan Verrett Gets In Trouble Over Wife Beater Comment

Friday, February 01, 2008

The entity that is ESPN continues to blow my mind every single day. Last night Donyell Marshall hilariously forgot to wear his jersey onto the court before the tip of last night's Cavs-Sonics game last night. Marshall was wearing a "wife beater" underneath his warmups and Stan Verrett referred to it as such.

All was well and good until the powers that be decided that Verrett needed to apologize for something. Take a look....



Are you kidding me? I know it's not one of the best nicknames for a product, but this just blows my mind. It would have been one thing if Verrett said, "And Donyell isn't prepared for the game, but he's prepared to beat his wife", but he didn't. He just referred to what the garment is called.

It wasn't even two weeks ago that we were searching for answers regarding expletives at a public roast and not getting a response until a week after the incident. Maybe this was a preemptive strike, but it just solidifies how out of touch ESPN's management is with reality these days. Just amazing.

(Thanks to reader AS for the vids)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 3:04 PM

13 Comments:

Q: What do you tell a woman with two black guys?

A: Nothing, unless you want your ass kicked.

Phony Gwynn said...
Feb 1, 2008, 3:30:00 PM  

Other than overly reactionary "offended by everything" types who are the caused of such an apology, is there anyone who doesn't refer to those as wifebeaters?

Good for him to apologize, though. That was a pretty classy action, especially by ESPN's sometimes pathetic (i.e. Schrutebag) standards.

Fred Morlan said...
Feb 1, 2008, 3:31:00 PM  

screw management! ur still a very good anchor stan!

mike said...
Feb 1, 2008, 3:45:00 PM  

That was beyond lame. It's in the public vernacular. Again, another overblown reaction stemming from the Jacobson mess.

Feb 1, 2008, 4:23:00 PM  

It's all Janet Jackson's fault. Damn her!

Bruce said...
Feb 1, 2008, 5:08:00 PM  

Whipping your junk out, snapping a beauty shot, and sending it to coworkers = acceptable

Describing a wife beater as "wife beater" = instantaneous public apology

Keep up the classy work ESPN!

MP said...
Feb 1, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

Completely unnecessary apology.

Anonymous said...
Feb 1, 2008, 9:39:00 PM  

Dont they have script editors at the WWL ? Shouldnt have someone seen it in a script review BEFORE it went on the air.

I dont think it was offensive but this seems like Journalism 101.

jg said...
Feb 1, 2008, 11:45:00 PM  

you cant say anything nowadays. wow

madnice said...
Feb 2, 2008, 2:09:00 AM  

Ike Turner just rolled over in his grave...

Sarge said...
Feb 2, 2008, 10:36:00 AM  

so like, just because everybody calls it a "wife beater" makes that OK?

matskralc said...
Feb 2, 2008, 5:05:00 PM  

yes

Anonymous said...
Feb 2, 2008, 9:22:00 PM  

..."if Verrett said, "And Donyell isn't prepared for the game, but he's prepared to beat his wife", but he didn't..."
LMAO!!! that line right there was hilarious...and Verrett's expression was like "I can't believe I have to serve up a lame-ass apology for that..."

grissum said...
Feb 3, 2008, 2:56:00 PM  

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