Sam Alipour made an on-air blunder.
ESPN the Magazine senior writer Sam Alipour recently wrote a story about Russell Westbrook’s love of Spalding. So who is this Spalding character? Think of Tom Hanks’ Wilson moment in the film Cast Away and you’ll get a good idea.
In a postgame interview, Westbrook revealed the he loves Spalding, the basketball used in NBA games. After hyping up his story about Westbrook and Spalding, ESPN cut to Alipour on horseback while holding a basketball.
What happened next, we won’t soon forget.
Alipour rode the horse around while still holding onto the basketball with one hand. He then made the decision to toss the basketball to a different rider, but the pass went awry. Alipour overthrew the other rider, whose horse took off, leaving the ESPN the magazine writer to let out a four-letter word usually saved for off-air conversation.
— Willie Harrison (@CoachWillAlevel) April 21, 2017
We’re sure the next time ESPN asks him to ride a horse while trying to throw a basketball, Alipour might have other ideas. At least he’ll have this story to tell for the rest of his life. He seems to be enjoying it after all, retweeting the video and commenting on his future with ESPN.
So do I still have a job or no? https://t.co/A4qYncjtdQ
— Sam Alipour (@samalipour) April 21, 2017
Alipour’s sense of humor remains intact.