Chicago Bulls Analyst Reportedly Suspended for Brawl Over Controversial Joakim Noah Basket
Former Chicago Bulls guard Kendall Gill is being suspended following a brawl with fellow analyst Tim Doyle in the CSN newsroom Tuesday night, according to ChicagoBusiness.com. The altercation stemmed from an on-air disagreement between Comcast SportsNet’s Gill and Big Ten Network’s Doyle over a controversial tip-in by Joakim Noah that was reversed by referees at the end of Tuesday’s contest.
ChicagoBusiness.com blogger Danny Ecker was on set.
“The altercation happened right in front of me as Mr. Doyle and I were walking through the CSN newsroom on our way out of the building,” recounted Ecker.
“Mr. Gill approached Mr. Doyle and called him out for his comments, which escalated to a shoving match and ultimately Mr. Gill throwing a punch at Mr. Doyle. The two bumped up against a sign on the wall and a small amount of blood was drawn (though it was unclear exactly how) before the two were separated.”
The three journalists were among participants in the CSN Chicago panel discussion show “Sports Night Live,” though it will be interesting to see if this combination of analysts will be featured in one room together in the near future. CSN Chicago news director Kevin Cross released a statement late Tuesday night addressing the altercation.
“We’re looking further into the incident that took place in our newsroom earlier today. Until the investigation is complete, Kendall Gill will not be appearing on our air.”
Gill starred at Illinois in college before totaling 15 years in the NBA and becoming a live broadcast analyst for Bulls games.