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Miami Heat apologize for PA announcer’s “extinguished” joke

May 10, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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Our own Ira Winderman has the story:

One lapse in judgment apparently led to another during the Miami Heat‘s opening-round NBA playoff series against the New York Knicks.

A week after Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire injured his left hand when he struck it against a fire-extinguisher case following New York’s Game 2 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat public-address announcer Michael Baiamonte announced Stoudemire had been “extinguished” when he was disqualified with his sixth foul during the Wednesday Game 5 loss that eliminated New York.

Thursday, the Heat issued a statement apologizing for the call:

“Last night at our game, our PA Announcer had a momentary lapse of judgment and used a poor choice of words in describing Amare Stoudemire‘s fouling out of the game. This is not who we are as an organization or who he is as an announcer. Both the Miami Heat and Michael Baiamonte apologize to Amare and the New York Knicks for the inappropriate choice of words.”

Bialmonte was previously best known for his signature “DOS Minutos!” call that comes with two minutes remaining at the end of each quarter, which NBA fans do not love as much as Bialmonte seems to think they do. Stoudemire shrugged off Bialmonte’s joke after Game 5, but it was in poor taste and unnecessary, so it’s good to see the Heat apologize to Stoudemire.

  1. usavebob - May 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    A bit sensitive???

  2. rick1v - May 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Much ado about nothing. I just wish that Heat PA would keep his theatre antics down in general. Its super annoying watching any Heat game on TV to hear him spouting off. He’s as bad as the Pistons PA.

  3. thevza - May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Please fire Michael Baiamonte!!! I don’t care about this little Amare story, but that guy is by far the most annoying PA announcer in all the NBA. He’s the only thing more irritating about the Heat than the players. Whenever I happen to stream a game being played in Miami, I always turn the volume waaaay down to avoid hearing Baiamonte’s obnoxious, drawn-out screams after every single action on the court. He sounds like a cross between a police siren and a lawn mower.

    • coop21 - May 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      He’s awful. A clown show. The guy in Denver isn’t much better. The trend of screaming, cheerleader PA announcers in the NBA is unfortunate.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      He’ll be home by Memorial Day and will have all summer to contemplate how sincere his “apology” is right along the Heat who aren’t winning anything.

      • dadaboi - May 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        You spelled “wah wah wah wah” wrong.

  4. charlutes - May 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    NO HUMOR! If someone does something stupid that everyone laughs at you must be as dull and uninteresting as possible. Actually just pretend anything that might offend a rich guy or cost a rich guy money didn’t happen. Because we live in a fascist country…wait what? We don’t? So why does anyone who does or says anything funny get fined and punished? Oh I get it, we do in fact live in a fascist society, and we are all to act as lemmings, else we be subject to ridicule, fines, imprisonment, and death, gotcha. I’m sorry what’s that? unless you are super rich in which case you can afford to pay your way out of a court room for anything from assault to lying to congress. How bout murder? only if you stop after you get away with it the first time, got it.

    above all else remember this: you are being trained to follow orders. freedom of speech, and freedom in general are a complete lie in America, and in Canada today.

    so don’t say anything funny unless your rich or the lemming writers will shout you down, and then they will report you to their richer owners who will lobby their rich scumbag consortium to mess with ur life.

    just pay the guy at the gate, buy the hot dog, pay for the TV show, buy the jersey and shut the F up, or else.

    signed, the 1%

  5. metalhead65 - May 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    another case of the pc police over reacting,I hate the heat but why should they have to apologise for making fun of him being stupid? just a joke relax people! if Amare was offended to bad he should not have rammed his fist thru the extinguisher to begin with.

  6. david8726 - May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    What the hell is this fake outrage?

    There is nothing in “poor taste” about saying Amare was “extinguished.” That is funny, non-offensive, and it’s ridiculous that Bialmonte or the Heat are apologizing at all.

    PC-police are running amok on this one. Anyone who thought this was out of place needs to grow a thicker skin, and fast.

  7. 91devinhester23 - May 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    atleast he didnt say




    from lebron

  8. explosionsauce - May 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Amare deserved the jab more than the extinguisher did.

    • dal24la - May 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Why the apology? Did the Pacers aplogize for putting a “do not hit” sign on their extinguisher? NO. Good humor PA.

      • africanballer - May 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        that’s true the pacers thing was more offensive, if we have to apply the term ‘offense’ that is

  9. redbirdfan81 - May 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Lighten up people! He’s having fun & that’s what it’s all about. The “PC Police” suck!

  10. hoosiercolts - May 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Now I hate the Heat even more for being humorless , PC pussies. I thought it was hilarious and didn’t require an apology. Where was the press release where Amare apologized to the fire extinguisher?? That was about as needed as this one.

  11. Chris Fiorentino - May 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    “Stoudemire shrugged off Bialmonte’s joke after Game 5, but it was in poor taste and unnecessary, so it’s good to see the Heat apologize to Stoudemire.”

    WOW couldn’t disagree more. This was nothing personal. It was not like he busted on amare’s family or something. He mocked the fool for punching a fire extinguisher. Maybe if Amare had half a brain in his head, he wouldn’t have punched glass. To me, if I were a Knicks fan, I would be far more offended by that then what the PA announcer said. That’s a great line.

  12. dclogicatlast - May 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    I love the announcing job. What moron punches a fire extinguisher? Amare deserves to be the butt of jokes for his “momentary lapse in judgement”.

  13. canehouse - May 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Yo Mr. Wrong 24/7 365… the Hate is strong with you. Why so Hateful… you guys were drooling all over the prospect of LEBRON coming to play for the Knicks. If Wade had flew the coop of SoBe for the rotten apple you knick fans would have been blushing like school girls for him. Win anything???? What would a knick fan know anything about winning in the NBA???

  14. mrlitl - May 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I really don’t see the problem. It was a harmless joke. Sheesh.

  15. asublimeday - May 11, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Ugh I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    The joke was a light jab and anybody with a pair would laugh it off. If you’re offended, go play in traffic. We’d all be better off.

  16. mqcarpenter - May 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Are you serious? This is how stupid we have become about language? This is the reaction I would expect if he called him an f-inh idiot not that he had been extinguished. The PA announcer gets hounded for saying it while the guy who did it gets a pass.

  17. cantonbound13 - May 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Mike B + Heat fans= CLASSLESS

  18. trickybastard - May 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    John Krolik you like that he made an apology? Are you lame or have nothing else to write about or both?

  19. trickybastard - May 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    This ARTICLE is in poor taste and unnecessary!

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