We are waiting on official word from North Dakota as to what it was so offensive, but basketball announcer Paul Ralston has been suspended for using the term ‘choke job’ in a post game interview with head coach Brian Jones. The Fighting Sioux had just lost 74-72 after missing free throws down the stretch.
North Dakota isn’t a major player in college hoops and Ralston isn’t well known.
This is just a bizarre story because no one knows why this is offensive.
A quick google search pulls up one definition at a user-fed site that defines choke job in a risqué way. All of the other definitions come from sports terminology.
If it wasn’t offensive by definition, was it offensive because he told the coach his players pulled a ‘choke job’. Either way, a two-game suspension seems unjustifiable.
Unless there is some history here, someone’s mind is deep in the gutter or the coach is a baby.
Whatever it is, this seems like something blown completely out of proportion. Hopefully the university will clarify the offense shortly.