Monday night’s showdown between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers may have lasting ramifications for one broadcaster.
During the game, Jeff Van Gundy drew the ire of social media by describing a particular sequence with a phrase that rubbed folks the wrong way.
“I’m sick of the sissification of the game,” he said.
Jeff Van Gundy “I’m sick of the sissification of the game” pic.twitter.com/jM8L6sievA
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 29, 2021
Social media today being what it is, fans at home immediately took offense to the statement.
Jeff Van Gundy did not just say “sissification,” and not even acknowledge how misogynistic and homophobic that is. @espn
— ✿ bishop teemo ⍟ (@_AfricanKingg) June 29, 2021
@NBA, @NBAonTNT: Jeff Van Gundy objected to the “sissification” of the NBA because the refs called a flagrant when Paul George got smacked in the face. I don’t appreciate Coach Gundy’s low-key wanna-be-macho homophobic bullshit. Address this with him. It’s not acceptable conduct.
— Joe’s Waste of Time (@alphadork) June 29, 2021
Sissification? Jeff van Gundy needs to go.
— Paul Lerner (@PFLerner) June 29, 2021
I really hope Jeff Van Gundy gets a Head Coach job next year so nobody has to hear him on a TV ever again. pic.twitter.com/bmAwP07wq0
— JB (@JBunn24) June 23, 2021
Van Gundy is not the first broadcaster to come under fire in recent days. Marv Albert, who is retiring after this year, caught a lot of heat for what many described as a racist comment.
So will Van Gundy ultimately get fired? Probably not. But based on past precedent, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see the ABC/ESPN reprimand him in some capacity.
That’s one way to watch a game. https://t.co/rlfZSR4DDe
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 13, 2021