Clippers Iran-Gate: Details Emerge

November 21st, 2009 by Jose Salviati Leave a reply »
Where Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith's comments drew the ire of a single viewer, Fox's decision to suspend the pair seems to have incited a crowd.

"The suspensions were stupid, and a bad precedent as well."

"I'm flabbergasted."

"So what if they mispronounced a word."

Those comments left by Bill, Mike and Karl seem to echo the sentiment of Clipper fan and non-fan alike.  Even my wife, a decidedly unabashed Clipper NON-fan was taken aback when I told her the reason for and single-source that had brought on the suspension.

Details about that single source have emerged.  Clipper season ticket holder Arya Towfighi was watching the game with his young son in the room when the brief back-and-forth between Lawler and Smith took place.

The Boston born Towfighi wanted to replay the comment but ushered his son out of the room before doing so.  "I didn't want my son to hear that," Towfighi said.  He then proceeded to email the LA Times, the Clippers and Fox Sports executives.

Fox initially acted appropriately, in my opinion, by calling Mr. Towfighi and apologizing.  A classy move that Towfighi was satisfie ...

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