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Montana State Broadcaster Fired After Comments Comparing Portland To Antifa, South Side of Chicago

Montana State University fired its play-by-play basketball announcer for comments in which the broadcaster reportedly compared Portland to antifa and the South Side of Chicago during Saturday’s women’s game between MSU and Portland State.

Broadcaster Mark Martello was fired, according to the Billings Gazette, after a Portland State writer tweeted out Martello’s commentary during the women’s game. The reporter, Joe Terry, tweeted that Martello got fired up after a no-call against Portland State.

“Portland can get away with whatever they want to get away with,” Martello reportedly said on the broadcast. “Portland’s like Antifa after a riot. They might go to jail but they get out right away.”

Martello is also accused of saying Portland is like the South Side of Chicago.

Did Martello dispute the claims that the audio exists? Not at all.

“I am taking responsibility for what came out of my mouth,” Martello said in a text to 406mtsports.com. “I will miss the team and coaches. There will be no apology, no one was harmed.”

The Billings Gazette reports that the comparison between Portland and Chicago came in the fourth quarter when a Portland State player was battling a Montana State player.

“Ogele, from Saint Ignatius College (Prep) in Chicago, which is South Side. You’ve heard of (it),” Martello said on his call. “Portland not much different, I don’t think, these days.”

Mark Martello

The broadcaster didn’t back down after being yanked from his play-by-play job.

“This is part of the world we live in, a big reason why I hate Social Media,” he told 406mtsports.com. “Dumb thing to say maybe, but firing me represents MONTANA values? I think not. MSU promotes Portland values, in Montana. Kneeling is fine, political warm-ups are no problem, but some radio yahoo making wisecracks is a capital offense. Everything I said was true. I guess the truth hurts.”

 

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. Good for Martello not backing down to these MSU assholes. Goes to show you that even a red state can get infected by the woke turds. They defend Antifa and BLM but shut down the White guy. Sad. So long, America.

    • Red States have lib universities too. Just as blue States have pockets of Conservatism. That said, this sounds like a public University, so I would hope Some Republicans in office could defend this guy.

  2. First of all, he is not wrong. However as a public figure it’s not allowable to say it because the woke dickheads in the media absolutely won’t allow it.

    Also someone needs to tell the idiot Portland State writer that it’s “tack” not “tact”. Of course being a writer, you’d think he’d know that, but it’s more important to point out something that a liberal would be offended by than be correct.

  3. Whether some people say it was the right or wrong time to say it , it sure as shit shouldn’t be a something to get fired over. I had no problem with it. It was pretty funny, and true.

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