Gus Johnson Grapples With A Restaurant Manager

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I don't think I could ever see Gus Johnson getting mad at anyone, but maybe all of those MMA fights he covered recently have made him a little testy. According to a police report, found by Deadspin, the March Madness staple got into it with a Restaurateur in Memphis before calling the opening round action in Minneapolis, and was even handcuffed and detained by an officer. Here's the tale of the tap via the Memphis Commercial Appeal....

According to the report, officers were called at 2 a.m. Saturday to the bar at 138 Beale, where Reed told them Johnson refused to leave after complaining about the service.

While officers questioned the two men, a disturbance in another part of the restaurant distracted them.

They then heard a "loud crash" and returned to find Johnson and Reed grappling on the floor.

Police detained Johnson when he refused to let go of Reed as the officers tried to break up the scrum.

Reed told them Johnson had pushed him and that he'd grabbed the play-by-play man when he thought Johnson was about to deliver a punch. A waitress, Milly Dalbey, 35, told police Johnson had indeed pushed Reed.

Johnson, however, said he'd been pushed first.

Officers didn't arrest anybody, the report states, because they didn't see what started the tussle.
Well that's certainly not a story CBS wanted to have out there at the start of the Tournament. It's obviously a few days old, and neither man was charged, but it would interesting to hear someone's account of the scuffle, who was at the cafe.

Police Report: Gus Johnson Fought With Restaurant Manager (Deadspin)
CBS announcer Gus Johnson was in scuffle at Blues City Cafe (Commercial Appeal)

10 Comments:

The whole thing must be messing with his head, because I heard him do something just now that I have NEVER heard anyone do before. He gave the score of the game in Boise as if it were the game he was covering in person! Something like this: "It's Wisconsin leading Xavier 6-4 (long pause) . . . and, uh . . . here in Minneapolis, Kansas is up on Dayton."

charlestace said...
Mar 22, 2009, 2:53:00 PM  

your boner has shrunk a little?

questionmark said...
Mar 22, 2009, 3:14:00 PM  

In today's Dayton-Kansas game, Gus tells his broadcast partner: "You like guys with big hands, don't you?". Maybe Gus could have used a guy with big hands with his dispute in Memphis. Maybe that's why he sounded subdued on Friday

jp23 said...
Mar 22, 2009, 3:27:00 PM  

Surprise surprise, a man who doesn't know how to act when broadcasting a game doesn't know how to act in other settings.

Maynard said...
Mar 22, 2009, 3:56:00 PM  

This was on his facebook fan page on Thursday... Had no idea what i meant when I saw it then:

Gus Johnson In my defense, the food and service really were awful

Scott said...
Mar 22, 2009, 4:45:00 PM  

What's the over/under on the number of times he uttered the perfunctory and obligatory media wail, 'Don't You Know Who I AM?'

Chris said...
Mar 22, 2009, 4:47:00 PM  

Gus Johnson....WITH THE PUUUUUUUUNCH

Bigface said...
Mar 22, 2009, 8:58:00 PM  

Well, that rules Memphis out for the regionals. Indianapolis for him.

JamesCraven said...
Mar 22, 2009, 9:51:00 PM  

Gus and Elmore, the #4 team, had no chance of doing the UNC bracket. CBS will probably put Enberg/Bilas there to torture us with Jay ejaculating on Hansbrough again.

I think Glendale is more likely than Indy for Gus.

Leelee Phoenix said...
Mar 22, 2009, 10:19:00 PM  

The dude wouldn't give him his purple drank

scorpions011 said...
Mar 22, 2009, 10:44:00 PM  

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