Saturday afternoon the Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville Cardinals game at Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena was marred by an awful 7 minute delay of game while the American Athletic Conference officials reviewed an out of bounds call. It appears that the officials may have been influenced for a second review by CBS’s Greg Anthony.
The initial call on the play was out of bounds on Cincinnati’s Shaq Thomas. The call was then reviewed by the AAC officials and after three minutes the possession was given to the Bearcats. While Cincinnati went to the court to inbound the ball the refs once again stopped play to review the call. After another 4 minutes the overturned call was overturned again to the original call giving the ball to Louisville.
You can see the out of bounds play at the 3:24 mark. It is only one angle, from the other angle you can see the ball does not touch Shaq, it never even changes direction.
Now comes Monday and Mick Cronin’s weekly radio show in which he all but confirmed CBS Sports Greg Anthony as the culprit for the second review. Apparently according to Cronin, Anthony informed the refs there were additional angles that they should look at.
As a media member you should never influence the out come or the flow of the game. Anthony in a sense costed Cincinnati a win, on an 11-0 run the Bearcats had all the momentum in the game only to have it stolen away by a media member who had to step in.
Anthony apparently motioned to the Louisville bench and the referees that they should review it again. Anyone that watched the broadcast knew the CBS crew was pro Louisville. When the Cardinals made a shot it was always so grand call, the Bearcats resulted in a monotone, nice shot.
Greg Anthony should be suspended, no media member should ever motion to a team or alert the refs of a mistake. If you want to impact a game Greg be a coach.