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College Basketball Announcer Suspended For Saying ‘Choke Job’ Following Loss

The campus of the University of North Dakota (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The campus of the University of North Dakota (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Here’s something that you’ve probably never seen or heard of before.

North Dakota has suspended men’s basketball play-by-play radio announcer Paul Ralston for two games after he used the phrase “choke job” following an overtime loss to Northern Arizona.

The Grand Forks Herald reported that Ralston used the words during his interview with coach Brian Jones after the team’s 74-72 home loss on Saturday. North Dakota led in the final minute of regulation, but Northern Arizona rallied to force overtime and win.

Athletic director Brian Faison said that Ralston will not call the game at Northern Colorado on Wednesday or Saturday’s game at Nebraska-Omaha. Associate athletic director Kyle Doperalski will handle the play-by-play duties for those games.

Do you see any justification for this suspension, or is it absolutely ridiculous? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…

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