Posted February 20, 2013

North Dakota’s play-by-play announcer suspended for ‘choke job’ comment

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The University of North Dakota has suspended the play-by-play radio announcer for its men’s basketball team after he used the words “choke job” in a post-game interview with the coach, according to a report from GrandForksHerald.com.

While conducting the interview after the game, Paul Ralston used the words while interviewing coach Brian Jones to describe his 74-72 home loss in overtime on Feb. 16 to Northern Arizona. North Dakota had led in the final 60 seconds of regulation despite missing five free throws over the final four minutes of regulation.

Ralston will be eligible to return to his post in a Feb. 28 game against Portland State but will not call the game at Northern Colorado on Wednesday or the game on Saturday at Nebraska-Omaha.

The school has reportedly declined further comment.


19 comments
BennyHanna
BennyHanna

If you really need to know why the phrase "choke job" is suspension worthy.  Check out urbandictionary.com and enter the phrase. 

Scramble
Scramble

Now if he had used choke and chicken in the same sentence.....

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Well, count me in with the rest of you. I have NO clue why this is suspension worthy. I thought he might have been referring to one of the cheerlead...no I guess not.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Sounds like a choke job to me but still.........can't ask a coach something like that, lol.

stashu
stashu

It WAS a choke job. What's the problem?  Someone says it out loud and everybody's all oooooooohhhh. . . . . .

StevenKeys
StevenKeys

Reads like UND has a standard.  Good for them.  Paul Ralston's lucky he still has a "job" (and his front teeth?) after his "clown" comment / query.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

What's the problem??? DFCS must be involved in some way.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

I'm trying to figure out what was so offensive about what the announcer said? It sounds like it was what it was. Is it being interpreted as domestic violence? I don't get it. 

Fred-Norris
Fred-Norris

I am also confused.  What's going on in North Dakota that this phrase is suspendable?  As long as he used the word "choke," and not a substitute, I see no problem.

Orange Crush
Orange Crush

I don't get it. What is the problem with saying "choke job"? Sounded like a pretty accurate statement to me. Is it because it ticked the coach off because his team just choked? Something doesn't seem right here.

StevenKeys
StevenKeys

 @stashu So why you "all oooooohh" about Paul getting suspended?  Relax.  Now he's a celebrity, making SI's front page and winning supporters like you.  He's probably getting agent contacts this very moment.  The next Jim Gray.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @StevenKeys Yes, UND has standards.  And they are very low.  You would think the cold weather would help those folks develop some thick skin.  Instead it seems that some of them have fallen prey to the whining epidemic that has infested America.

 

Orange Crush
Orange Crush

Great! Somebody that has some understanding of what the problem with what he said is. Could you please explain it to me, because I am at a loss as to what was wrong with what he said and how it should have warranted a suspension.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@Fred-Norris What substitutes are we talking about here? Maybe confusion between choke jobs and blowing the lead or handing the game to the opponent?

StevenKeys
StevenKeys

 @JoeCabot And you're  not "whining" about Paul's suspension?  Sure.  It can work both ways, Joe.

StevenKeys
StevenKeys

 @hollyw0Od1  @StevenKeys Wish I had such a job, holly+, making what, $200,000 a year?  That's a whole different stratosphere.  And I wouldn't be so sure it's a "guy."

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @StevenKeys  Whining about it?  Does not affect my life one iota.  Strictly a social commentary on the thin-skinning of America, and those who see every word or comment with which they disagree to be an attack worthy of a temper tantrum, a media attack, a suspension, or a lawsuit.  The self-proclaimed molders of young men and women in our university system like to believe that they are producing citizens of tolerance and the strength to take on the challenges that life will throw at them.  The folks at UND do the complete opposite, knee-jerking a suspension over a one word.  Quite a life lesson there.