Golden State Warriors broadcast team mocks Denver Nuggets point guard Facundo Campazzo with accent after he complained to a referee about a foul call
- Golden State Warriors broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike have been criticized for making fun of Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo
- The pair were calling the game on NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday night when they mocked the Argentine who complained about a foul in the second quarter
- NBC Sports Bay Area cut to a replay when Fitzgerald quipped, ‘Well, what’s the main sport in Argentina?’
- Azubuike then said ‘soccer’ and followed up using an accent to say ‘How can you call this? I was wronged!’ as Fitzgerald laughed in the background
- Denver guard Austin Rivers blasted the broadcast team after he had learned of the comments
- DailyMail.com reached out to the Warriors and Nuggets for comments
The Golden State Warriors broadcast team has come under fire for comments deemed insensitive after they mocked Denver Nuggets’ Facundo Campazzo on Tuesday night.
Veteran play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald and analyst Kelenna Azubuike mimicked the Argentine point guard after he complained to referee Nick Buchert after he was whistled at for fouling Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodola late in the second quarter.
Footage showed Campazzo coming up short on a floater and going for the rebound before he go tangled up with Iguodola.
Campazzo, who is in his second NBA season, pleaded his case with the official as they walked down the court before NBC Sports Bay Area cut to a replay of the questionable play.
Denver guard Facundo Campazzo (left) was mocked by the Golden State Warriors broadcast team of Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike after arguing a foul during Tuesday’s game. Fitzgerald asked ‘Well, what’s the main sport in Argentina?’ Azubuike replied, ‘Soccer, that’s what I was thinking’ before he used an accent to say, ‘How can you call this? I was wronged!’
Denver Nuggets Argentine point guard Facundo Campazzo pleads his case after after referee Nick Buchert whistled him for a foul during Tuesday night’s game at the Golden State Warriors
Kelenna Azubuike (left), an analyst for the Golden State Warriors broadcast team on NBC Sports Bay Area, has come under fire for mocking Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo. Bob Fitzgerald (right) could be heard laughing in the background
Fitzgerald appeared to support the call, saying: ‘Campazzo likes to get scrappy and then look aggrieved all the time.’
Azubuike, who played three seasons for the Warriors and is in his third year as the team’s color commentator added, ‘See, this is how you lose your credibility. He cannot believe they called that on him. That was clearly a foul. He instigated it. He got up under Andre [Iguodola].’
Their critique of Campazzo turned left when Fitzgerald quipped, ‘Well, what’s the main sport in Argentina?’
‘Soccer, that’s what I was thinking,’ Azubuike replied while adding: ‘He looked like a soccer player there.’
‘How can you call this?’ Azubuike said in an accent as Fitzgerald giggled in the background. ‘I was wronged!’
A Golden State spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the club had spoken with the Nuggets organization and apologized.
‘Kelenna has reached out directly to Facundo Campazzo to apologize for the insensitive and inappropriate nature of his comment. The mimicking of an individual’s accent is unacceptable,’ the Warriors said in a statement.
‘Kelenna realizes the egregious mistake he made and is extremely remorseful and embarrassed. He has assured us that it will not happen again in the future.’
Denver guard Austin Rivers slammed Fitzgerald and Azubuike for making fun of Campazzo, as well as for the comments they made during the game about the 2018 contract extension he got with the Los Angeles Clippers while his father Doc Rivers was the team coach.
‘Think this kinda funny … especially since it’s coming from a guy who has never played a game of basketball in his life,’ Rivers wrote on Instagram. ‘His comments on myself and Facu were beyond disrespectful.’
The visiting Nuggets edged the Warriors 89-86.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Nuggets for comment.
Golden State Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodola (left) and Denver Nuggets Facundo Campazzo battle for a rebound during Tuesday night’s game