Posted March 23, 2013

Report: Bulls analyst Kendall Gill punches colleague after disputed call

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Joakim Noah, Kendall Gill
Kendall Gill

Kendall Gill played 56 games with the Bulls during his 15-year career. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

Welcome to this week’s edition of “When keeping it real as a sports commentator goes wrong.”

On Monday, the Bulls lost to the Nuggets in overtime on a controversial offensive basket interference call against Joakim Noah. The referees appeared to make the correct call and the NBA league office reportedly claimed afterward that the officials did, in fact, follow the correct procedure in using the video review to reach their conclusion.

Kendall Gill, who works as an analyst for CSN Chicago, said on the air that the officials had blown the call. The next day, according to ChicagoBusiness.com, the former NBA player got into a “physical altercation” with a fellow analyst who disagreed with Gill that the referees had jobbed the Bulls.

Comcast SportsNet Chicago Bulls analyst Kendall Gill has been removed temporarily from his on-air duties after a physical altercation with Big Ten Network analyst Tim Doyle in the CSN newsroom Tuesday evening.

Mr. Gill confronted Mr. Doyle in the newsroom over critical comments he had made on the air about Mr. Gill’s analysis of the controversial final moments of Monday’s Chicago Bulls-Denver Nuggets game. The referees ruled that what at first appeared to be a last-second basket by the Bulls would not be allowed, thus giving the win to the Nuggets.

Mr. Gill approached Mr. Doyle and called him out for his comments, which escalated to a shoving match and ultimately Mr. Gill throwing a punch at Mr. Doyle. The two bumped up against a sign on the wall and a small amount of blood was drawn (though it was unclear exactly how) before the two were separated.

Gill, 44, was the No. 5 pick in the 1990 NBA draft. He averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, three assists and 1.6 steals in a 15-year career that included stops with the Hornets, SuperSonics, Nets, Heat, Timberwolves, Bulls and Bucks. Gill took up boxing after he retired, telling Sports Illustrated in 2005 that the sport had become his “passion.”

To recap the controversy from Monday’s game: Noah tipped a Marco Belinelli jumper into the hoop in the game’s closing seconds. However, a portion of the ball clearly appeared to be in the imaginary cylinder as the shot descended, necessitating the offensive basket interference call. The Bulls were upset because the referees didn’t appear to initially make the call on the floor, which is required to initiate a video review.

The game went to a timeout after Noah’s tip and the referees conducted their review during the stoppage of play, ruling Noah’s potential game-winner basket no good. CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that a league office review concluded that referee Ken Mauer did deem the play offensive basket interference before initiating the video review.

Hat tip: Ball Don’t Lie

19 comments
BillyBatts
BillyBatts

You can take the thug out of the ghetto but not the ghetto out of the thug.

devtap3210
devtap3210

Yeah Kendall if Doyle talk crazy like a Mitch he get slap like a Mitch. And for those who say fire Kendall you can get slap like a Mitch too. CHI Town we don't play Mitches.

Kimmer
Kimmer

I thought Tibs was gonna start throwing punches during that time...but Kendall??  Leave the boxing for the ring, Kendall. Yikes!!

DougDavis
DougDavis

Chicago, it is a lib kinda town lol.

EthanS
EthanS

Thank you so much for the Chappelle show reference...

hhh
hhh

it's not kendall's fault. Boyle is just being a bitch

amolad
amolad

THIS is the problem: right before that play happened, Denver's Kosta Koufos tipped in a ball that was CLEARLY on the rim, but the officials didn't review it. Even if they didn't or couldn't, THAT was clearly a blown call. For the Noah play to happen right after that, Thibodeau and Bulls fans were irate to begin with. The Noah call was very debatable in that moment.

John4
John4

Don't criticize me.  Only I can criticize you.  Kendall Gill should be fired.  

WillSams
WillSams

Sounds like his beef was with Doyle's criticism of him.

jaysan23338
jaysan23338

 @devtap3210 you are an idiot. thats great, solve a disagreement with by getting physical. Doyle hurt my feelings boo hoo. Enjoy chicago with your 500 murders due to idiots with the same thought process as yourself. keep living up to those stereotypes you big dummy

pandah462
pandah462

 @devtap3210 Who is Mitch?  I reckon he wouldn't like you besmirching his name, and I surely don't think he's going to appreciate not getting any play in Chicagotown USA.

OK
OK

 @devtap3210 

In CHI Town, wez playz and actz like da Thugs.

scBlais
scBlais

 @WillSams I agree it sounds more like he feels Doyle threw him "under the bus". 

pandah462
pandah462

 @scBlais  I'm glad you put that in quotation marks.  Otherwise, I would have thought he really got run over by a bus.  Oh, the horror!

teepeezee
teepeezee

My favorite NBA executive is Mitch Kupchak. My favorite comedian was Mitch Hedberg. R.I.P. Mitch.