A college basketball broadcaster was fired after comparing players to “antifa after a riot,” and he isn’t apologizing for saying it.
In the fourth quarter of the game, Martello made the antifa comment after a Montana State player was fouled.
Martello’s firing by sports radio company Learfield was first reported by Big Sky Valhalla’s Joe Terry, who covers Portland State athletics.
“I am taking responsibility for what came out of my mouth,” Martello wrote in a text message to 406mtsports.com after he was fired. “I will miss the team and coaches. There will be no apology, no one was harmed.”
Earlier in the game, Martello noted that a Portland State player was from Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. He misidentified that the high school was on the South Side of the city and then compared Portland, a city at the center of several protests and riots in the last two years, to Chicago.
Made a reference to Portland being like the Southside of Chicago earlier in the game.
Seems an odd place to fire off political tales but here we are.
— Joe Terry (@joseph_terry) January 22, 2022
“I’ve been to the South Side, a lot. Portland looked worse when we were there last year,” Martello wrote in a text to 406mtsports.com.
“Dumb thing to say maybe, but firing me represents Montana values? I think not,” he texted to 406mtsports.com. MSU promotes Portland values, in Montana. Kneeling is fine, political warm-ups are no problem, but some radio yahoo making wise cracks is a capital offense. Everything I said was true. I guess the truth hurts.”