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#pounditFriday, March 24, 2023

ESPN announcer Steve Levy makes insensitive Deondre Francois reference

Steve Levy

ESPN announcer Steve Levy did not have his best moment on Saturday night.

Levy, a host turned play-by-play announcer, was on the call for the Clemson-Auburn game Saturday. Clemson QB Kelly Bryant went down with a potential injury in the second quarter, though he returned on the team’s next drive to lead Clemson to a touchdown.

Levy, reflecting on Bryant’s return from what initially appeared to be a serious injury, said the QB was “Deondre Francoising [Bryant],” which was his way of saying he was writing Bryant off for the season with an injury. Francois was declared out for the season after suffering a knee injury in FSU’s loss to Alabama.

Here’s the audio clip:

There was no reason to refer to Francois in that context. Unsurprisingly, many fans didn’t appreciate the comment from Levy.

Here’s a look at the backlash he felt on Twitter:


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