In a new development, sources close to me have told me that TNT, an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by the Turner Broadcasting System is under investigation. The high pressure probe has taken shape after TNT aired an aggravated assault live on the night of Friday May 19, 2017 starting around 8:30 p.m. ET.
During that time, the network, under the NBA on TNT branding, was airing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
According to multiple sources, the original inquiry began to surface around 8:49 p.m. when the Cleveland Cavaliers started mercilessly harassing the Boston Celtics after going on a 10-0 run, just a startling 19 minutes after the program started. However, it was not until 8:57 p.m. when the assault became a concern after Avery Bradley became the latest victim of a monster block from LeBron James.
The scene became ugly and frankly nauseating around 9:36 p.m. when the Cavaliers stepped on the throat of the Celtics by taking a record breaking 72-31 lead into half time. At that time, the referees for the game said they were unable to reach NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and were advised to make a call to Mike Bantom, the NBA VP of Referee Operations and ask what should be done. It is unknown what was said during this conversation.
Game official Tony Brothers (pictured above), who has 23 season of NBA experience, described the officials emotions at half time as “concerned” and “uneasy”.
The height of the troubles came after half time when it was reported that the Celtics (overrated) star player, Isaiah Thomas locked himself in the locker room refusing to come out because of the indefatigably vicious beating he took in the first 24 minutes of the game.
At this time, the NBA on TNT crew was made aware of the nationwide backlash and was asked to either sensor the program or to postpone the live stream. However, Lenny Daniels, President of Turner Sports threateningly refused to turn the game off, stating the NBA’s television deal does not allow us to black out game. Sources also speculate that the $1.2 billion Turner pays a year had something to do with it. NBA on TNT on show personality, analyst and Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal said he was not aware because “he was eating barbecue chicken during the first half”.
Ernie Johnson, the famous studio host for TNT’s coverage of the NBA for the last 30 years, told reporters to “get the fuck out of my face” which has led investigators to probe about negligence.
Over the next 12 minutes, it was evident the Celtics were not only scared, but exhausted by the unwavering blows the Cavaliers delivered consistently. Celtics players and fans prayers were granted when the abuse idled out at the start of the 4th quarter. At this time NBA official Mike Callahan made Cavaliers head coach, Tyronn Lue aware that Commissioner Silver forcibly requested that LeBron James cannot enter the game in the 4th quarter. LeBron James has a history of assaulting fellow NBA players.
One of LeBron’s first abuse cases took place on November 3, 2006 when he performed a Statue of Liberty slam over the top of Tim Duncan.
One of the more serious cases took place in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals when he posterized Kevin Garnett.
And of course, one of his most recognized and recent strikes was when he stole the two-time MVP, Steph Currys’ wife after swatting his shot in last years Finals.
LeBron James was at the head of the attacks during the 48 minute massacre and some believe that if he did not sit out the 4th quarter there might have been a murder. The Cavaliers led the Celtics by as large as 50 points at one point. A feat that not only the Celtics, but any man could be able to take.