Bill Walton had a night for the ages while he was calling the Pac-12 Tournament game between Washington and Oregon on Thursday night. Those who are familiar with Walton know that the NBA legend has never shied away from saying what’s on his mind and telling the truth. That was certainly the case on Thursday night while he was working for ESPN, and I’m sure the network has already spoken to him about some of his comments.
For starters, there was Walton’s bold remark about spending time in a limousine with Ray Lews:
As you may know, a limo had a lot to do with Lewis’ murder trial back in 2000. One witness who was riding in a limo with Lewis said she saw another passenger get out and dump a laundry bag, which many believe contained Lewis’ bloodstained white suite that was never recovered, into a garbage bin outside a fast food restaurant. Walton’s partner Dave Pasch quickly and uncomfortably changed the subject.
But Walton was just getting warmed up. Pasch had to once again get his partner back on track later in the broadcast, when Walton made a wise crack about ESPN suspending Bill Simmons from Twitter for his tweets about “First Take.”
It’s quite possible Walton listened to a few extra Grateful Dead songs and inhaled a little too much before going on the air. He’s been known to say controversial things in the past, but two times in one half is rare even for him.
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