Last week, Kendall Gill was a rising star in broadcast media
, doing Chicago Bulls
pre and post game analysis for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Currently, he is suspended for the rest of the Bulls
“We have made a decision to not have Kendall Gill appear on our air for the remainder of the Bulls
season. We will re-evaluate our current position on this matter during the off-season,” said a statement from the station.
So former Illini
star Kendall Gill could need a new job this summer. Or maybe even consider a new career. But that’s all speculation on what’s down the road.
Not many details are known about the event
which occurred after Kendall Gill, Big Ten
Network analyst Tim Doyle and Crain’s Danny Ecker appeared as panelists on CSN’s “Sports Talk Live,” a new talk show that debuted last month.
Gill was relieved of on-air duties after he allegedly punched Big Ten
Network analyst Tim Doyle last Tuesday night. The incident occurred after the show’s taping in the Comcast SportsNet studio newsroom. According to Ecker, who was there
, Gill confronted Doyle in the CSN newsroom after the taping because of critical comments Doyle made regarding Gill’s analysis of last Monday night’s Chicago Bulls
loss to the Denver Nuggets. A controversial call by the officials wiped out a potential game-winning basket by Joakim Noah in overtime. The Bulls
really kind of got jobbed. As did the Illini
on Sunday night in the NCAA Tournament, even a member of the Illini
opposition admitted it. (What a tumultuous week for the Illini program)
Kendall Gill said the officials made a “a very bad call.” Doyle, who used to play college basketball
supposedly told Gill that he de-followed both him and fellow Bulls
analyst Stacey King on Twitter.
Now I said it would be a terrible idea to have Doyle on the show back on February 24th. When writing about the format change from Chicago Tribune Live to SportsTalk Live I said:
“Just don’t have BTN’s Tim Doyle on; because he has a track record of not saying intelligent things on the air
I never envisioned anything like this happening though. I also called Tim Doyle the worst sportscaster ever back in December.
But no one should ever he physically attacked for expressing their opinion; and I didn't think anyone would. Also you MUST listen to this Tim Doyle interview this past Friday on WSCR.
He discusses the fight somewhat, but much more important is the perspective on life you’ll get from hearing Doyle talk about his past week.
Neither CSN nor BTN will discuss this incident any further. Kendall Gill himself is wisely remaining silent. But ABC 7′s Mark Giangreco had an opinionated
remark about the scuffle.
And since Gill is a quintessential local guy, played preps, college and pro ball (at least for one year) locally, let’s look back at how he got to where he is in life before guessing on what could be ahead for him...