Jim Boeheim In Hot Water After ‘Short’ Remark About Reporter

Jim Boeheim is in trouble for trying to place importance on being the big man on campus. Or in the case of the Syracuse basketball coach, the tallest man.

Boeheim’s boneheaded move came after Syracuse’s 64-54 win over Clemson on Wednesday, when he angrily referred to a reporter’s lack of height.

His comment came when Matthew Gutierrez of The Athletic asked a question about the “defensive growth” of a couple Orange players. Boeheim carried on for about a minute, explaining his strategy, sarcastically saying he couldn’t get things figured out on his own.

“I needed a reporter to figure that out who’s never played basketball and is 5-foot-2,” Boeheim said.

Classy, no?

Per ESPN, Boeheim may be upset with Gutierrez after Gutierrez sent out a tweet earlier in the week that predicted Syracuse would be “17-5 overall,” had Boeheim changed his rotation.

So when it comes to Boeheim’s comments, that really is the long and short of it.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.


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  1. That is blatant Shortism! Cancel him! Cancel him! Vertically challenged people of all 57 genders, unite and cancel him! He hurt your ultra sensitive feelings!
    Insert required apology here.
    Will this cancel culture/apologize bullshit ever end?

  2. Gutierrez’s tweet is moronic at best. Opinions don’t require any type of qualifications. If any basketball coach is turning to a reporter to get their opinion on how to run their team I don’t want them to be my head coach. Also, is it a fact that he is 5-foot-2? If so, what’s the problem?

  3. Everyone doing anything they can to spin nothing into something to grab some attention. Boeheim didn’t even make a joke he just literally said a number. Someone needs to buy this Athletic reporter a DBAP shirt ASAP.

  4. Most of these media types are clowns. I love it when they are called out and embarrassed and he is right. I have no idea if this guy knows anything or not. I would assume JB knows the guy to some extent though. I have zero issue with this. Most sports writers are want to be political writers but are too stupid to do so. So, they get stuck on sports and are miserable.

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