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LeBron James denies calling for the Wizards broadcaster to lose his job after Kevin Porter Jr. remarks

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“Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time,” said the Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor after the Rockets' shooting guard hit a buzzer-beating three to secure his team a 114-111 win on the road. His poor choice of words sparked immediate outrage on social media, with LeBron James' voice being the loudest.

LeBron James criticism prompts Consor's apology

The Lakers superstar criticized Consor on Twitter for what he thought were insensitive comments about Porter Jr.'s late father during Wednesday's night game -- his dad, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of a 14-year-old girl in 1993; he was killed in 2004 when his son was four.

Consor, the Wizards broadcaster for over two decades, issued an apology Thursday, saying he used the common basketball idiom referring to Kevin Porter -- a 6-0 point guard who played for the Bullets in the 80s -- thinking he's the father of the Rockets' guard.

"I stand by my tweet"

Despite Consor's apology, James stood by his tweet but denied calling for the broadcaster to lose his job, despite his initial comments on the situation. “We’re going to continue to protect our players," James said to reporters on Thursday. "They said (Consor is) supposed to be a very smart guy, right? Is that what everybody is saying? The guy is a very smart guy. So if you’re a very smart guy, I believe you should be able to do your homework on situations.”

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"So if you’re doing your homework on any one of these kids that’s in this league, that word that he used for that kid to make that game-winning shot, that sentence that he used, no matter if he knew that was his dad or not, should have never been used in the first place. And if you know the history of this kid’s dad, you can’t sit here and tell me that those words — it’s just a direct correlation."

Although the apology eliminated the possibility of malevolence for most, LeBron still expressed his doubts about Consor's claim that he unwittingly mistook KPJ's father for homonymous Bullets guard. He criticized the broadcaster for not exercising his due diligence and finding out about Porter Jr.'s father on time. As a result, despite Consor's intentions, the 21-year-old's best NBA moment has been overshadowed by a poor choice of words.

That was the greatest moment for that kid in his young NBA career so far. Why are we talking about this? Why are we talking about this? This kid made a game-winning, stepback 3.

LeBron James

Basketball-wise, LeBron is right -- no matter the circumstances, Consor shouldn't have allowed himself to make such a mistake and take away from Porter Jr.'s career night. But despite his turnabout, the Lakers superstar had no right to call for the Wizards broadcaster to lose his job, especially without hearing his part of the story.

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