Right before halftime of last night's random NBA on ESPN game that featured Dickie Vitale and Bill Walton in the booth AT THE SAME TIME, Walton delivered what we'd all been hoping for (and what ESPN had been dreading) and said something teetering on the edge between inappropriate and racist.
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Walton referred to his producer, who was undoubtedly in his ear all night threatening not to say anything insane, as Mr. SlaveDriver. A name which Walton clearly and incredibly didn't see as racist or ill-timed. Nope, not a thought in his mind about that.
Jason Smith and Michael Harmon broke down the entire thing INCLUDING audio from the broadcast and the comment itself last night. Listen below, and be sure to tune into The Jason Smith Show every weekday from 11-2 am est. on Fox Sports Radio.
Emmy-award winning producer and NFL Network host Jason Smith brings his extensive experience in Sports Talk entertainment to late nights on FOX Sports Radio, providing analysis on the day in sports and updates on the games in play, while engaging in entertaining conversations with listeners to close out the day and prepare for tomorrow.
About The Host
Emmy-award winning producer and NFL Network host Jason Smith has returned home to FOX Sports Radio, where he began his broadcasting career in 2000. Hosting FOX Sports Tonight, weekdays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET/7 p.m. – 11 p.m. PT, he brings his extensive experience in Sports Talk entertainment to late nights on FOX Sports Radio as he provides analysis on the day in sports and updates on the games in play, while engaging in entertaining conversations with listeners.
Smith is also the host of NFL Fantasy Live on the NFL Network during football season. He previously hosted a variety of programs for ESPN Television and Radio, including the weekly nationally-syndicated All-Night, heard in over more than 500 markets in the United States. Smith won an Emmy-award in production working on SportsCenter before making the transition behind the microphone.
A native of Staten Island, New York, Smith is a graduate of Syracuse University where he earned a B.A. in English. He loves his wife, daughter and the New York Jets (not necessarily in that order).