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While Chapman, better known for his Twitter account these days, is covering the NCAA Tournament for Turner Sports, sports fans and media members have been taking to social media to weigh in on his performance.
OutKick founder Clay Travis pointed out Chapman’s trending tweets are “an absolute bloodbath.”
“He’s getting destroyed,” Travis tweeted. “Nice job, Turner Sports. And CNN, which also inexplicably hired him.”
For the most part, nearly everyone came together on this one — from every background and political party to share the same sentiment on Chapman’s performance.
“Putting our political differences aside and coming together to get Rex Chapman booted from March Madness coverage after one night is something that can unite this nation,” one individual tweeted.
Another Twitter user said Chapman used to be “the worst person on the internet, but he’s done the impossible because now he’s the worst person on the internet & television.”
CNN journalist Wynn Westmoreland would likely disagree, though, as she said: “Everyone deserves a second chance.”
On Saturday evening as Chapman sat alongside a panel of CBS broadcasters to delve into the March Madness slate of games, Chapman spoke on the former Providence and Virginia Cavaliers coach Pete Gillen.
Reflecting back on Gillen’s run, Chapman decided to throw in a last-minute R.I.P. to the former coach, who is alive and works for CBS — he’s 74.
OutKick’s Bobby Burack tweeted a video of Chapman’s on-air comments:
While Chapman hasn’t tweeted anything on his own regarding the situation at the time of publication, he did reply to one of the videos making its way around the internet.
In a tweet with the video and the caption, “Here’s the Rex Chapman video on Pete Gillen RIP,” Chapman replied: “It’s a great day! Pete’s alive,” he wrote, followed by, “Don’t do drugs.”
Many used Chapman’s recent situation as just one of many of his documented “examples of Rex being impossibly uninformed.”
Here are some other things individuals on social media had to say:
Chapman also thinks cutting off his fellow broadcasters, who are contributing to the conversation in a manner that … makes sense, to say “moist, moist all down the stretch.” He replied with an emoji that’s blushing and smiling.
Moist is defined as slightly wet; damp or humid. It’s not clear what the goal of his actions was here.
Chapman also retweeted the clip of him “completely [derailing] Candace Parker by referring to Nembhard’s shot as moist.”
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