Jan 13, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT
Bill Walton served as the color commenter for ESPN’s telecast of Thursday’s game between his alma mater, UCLA, and Gilbert Arenas’ alma mater, Arizona.
When the camera zoomed in on Arenas, Walton offered, “Gilbert lost his mind.”
Arenas’ misdeeds, especially during his time with the Washington Wizards, are well-documented. But I’m not sure Walton holds the high ground when making such a comment.
For a moment, it seemed Walton had backpedaled enough to move onto the highly competitive game, saying “Life is a series of choices. We wish Gilbert the best.” But then he continued, “We love Gilbert. He used to wake up, and he would be on our living room couch.”
Finally, play-by-play man Dave Pasch interjected: “Let’s save the rest of the story for off air.”
Somehow, Walton went even further off the rails later in the game. But it’s Arenas who lost his mind.
(hat tip: JP Finlay of CSN Washington)
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