By now you are well aware of the fact that Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West gave Utah Jazz Gordan Hayward forward a dry-wet willie during the Mavs' 3-OT loss in Salt Lake City on Monday night. Has to be an NBA first. At least he didn't bite his ear.
My first reaction: Kinda funny, but ultimately really punk, and zero-class. Today I watched the replay on the feeds from both the Jazz broadcasters.
Here is the transcript from the Jazz broadcast team of Craig Bolerjack and, I think, Ron Boone:
Craig Bolerjack: There is a foul on Delonte West trying to slow down Hayward.
(At this point, West does the wet wllie; it should be noted everyone initially missed Hayward's pop to West that prompted this exchange)
Craig Bolerjack: How about that?
Ron Boone: Tell me the ref' didn't see that? That's unbelievable. He should be thrown out of the game right there.
Craig Bolerjack: Cheap shot in the biggest way. How did three officials miss it?
Ron Boone: This is inexcusable that three officials missed that.
Craig Bolerjack: What is that? That is the low of lows of sportsmanship. I don't know if I have ever seen that in professional sports. A finger in the ear?
Ron Boone: The tape doesn't lie. That's just uncalled for.
How did the Dallas Mavericks crew see it? Not quite the same way. I failed to record the clip during the broadcast, but Mavs play by play man Mark Followill laughed when he watched the replay.
ESPN 103.3 FM personality, and part-time Mavs TV contributor, Jeff "Skin" Wade Tweeted: "Whatever Delonte just did to young Gordon is wildly amusing"
Deduction: As I wrote in an earlier post, each broadcast team knows who signs their check. Call it a wise business decision.
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