Jeff Van Gundy under fire for tone-deaf comment about Devin Booker during NBA Finals

Jeff Van Gundy under fire for tone-deaf comment about Devin Booker during NBA Finals

Jeff Van Gundy saying Devin Booker “Looks like a choir kid but plays like a ruffian” is the male equivalent of Ludacriss “Lady in the Street however a freak in the bed” …
Except racist. #Yeah.
— Hmmm (@Hmmm1414) July 9, 2021.

Its unfortunate that Van Gundys dreadful call got in the way of fans enjoying what turned into a thrilling 4th quarter in between the Suns and Bucks in Phoenix.

” He looks like a choir kid, but plays like a hoodlum.” Jeff Van Gundy … … FIRE HIS ASS IMMEDIATELY!!! #Devinbooker.
— JUST TAE (@IamJustTae) July 9, 2021.

QUICK! Someone tell Nick Castellanos to hit a crowning achievement!
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) July 9, 2021.

I d desire to punch Jeff Van Gundy right in his fn deal with best about now if I was a fighter and not the smooth ass lover that I am.
Go Bucks.
— Good ol KS (@GoodOlKS) July 9, 2021.

While describing Suns star Devin Booker, the ESPN expert stated he “looks like a choir boy, however plays like a ruffian.”.
Right away, the choice of words was called into concern on Twitter.

Jeff Van Gundy saying Booker looks like a choir kid however plays like a hooligan in 2021 in an ESPN nba broadcast group already trying to pull itself through a racism …
— Justin Ellis (@JustinNXT) July 9, 2021.

Phoenix led 56-45 at halftime, but Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo took off in the 3rd quarter to assist draw Milwaukee back into the game as the fourth quarter endured.
Booker led the Suns with 31 points and six helps entering into the last minutes of the video game as they attempted to hold onto their lead and the possibility to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

@espn @NBA AM I THE ONLY PERSON THAT HEARD JEFF VAN GUNDY SAY THAT DEVIN BOOKER LOOKS LIKE A CHOIR BOY BUT PLAYS LIKE A HOODLUM??!! I BET HE WOULD NEVER REFER TO A WHITE PLAYER AS A HOODLUM!! TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE!!!
— Faaizah (@MissFaaizah) July 9, 2021.

The truth that he stopped briefly prior to it, as though he was considering saying it, then decided to go ahead, made it worse.

Suns star Devin Booker. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports).
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ESPN expert Jeff Van Gundy caught heat after he used a dreadful choice of words to explain Devin Booker during the NBA Finals.
Jeff Van Gundy is in hot water for a troublesome flub he made during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

To lighten the state of mind, there were some excellent tweets about the requirement for Nick Castellanos to strike a crowning achievement during a live broadcast apology.

Jeff Van Gundy and Rachel Nichols doing no favors for ESPNs image of variety today.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) July 9, 2021.

Oh yeah, Jeff Van Gundy getting prepared for that hooligan comment quickly as the clock run out in the 4th.
— Rob Sherrell (@RobJustJokin) July 9, 2021.

Jeff Van Gundy made a severe breach describing Devin Booker.
NBA Twitter took notification, especially originating from an ESPN personality today while the network handles the fallout from Rachel Nichols remarks disparaging Maria Taylor.

There is just no context in which calling Booker a “thug” would be okay. The racial implications of that description are serious.

There was plenty of disbelief all around.

Some believed he needs to be penalized.

I cant imagine what Jeff van gundy mustve resembled as a coach. His gamers probably wished to rock him in the face more than I do right now.
— Talha (@talhaaariaz) July 9, 2021.