CSN's Gill off air pending review of incident
March, 20, 2013
Kendall Gill, who serves as Comcast SportsNet Chicago's studio analyst for Chicago Bulls games, will not be on the air pending an investigation into a reported altercation between Gill and Big Ten Network basketball analyst Tim Doyle in the CSN newsroom on Tuesday.
Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesKendall Gill is a 15-year NBA veteran who dabbled in boxing after his playing days.
"We're looking further into the incident that took place in our newsroom," CSN Chicago news director Kevin Cross said in a statement. "Until the investigation is complete, Kendall Gill will not be appearing on our air."
Crain's Chicago Business blogger Danny Ecker reported that the incident happened in front of him after Ecker and Doyle were part of a panel discussion on a CSN Chicago show.
Gill confronted Doyle after the show as Ecker and Doyle were leaving the newsroom, according to Ecker, who reported the confrontation was over critical on-air remarks Doyle made regarding Gill's take on a controversial ending to the Bulls' loss to Denver on Monday. Gill said during Monday’s postgame show that no basket interference should have been called on Joakim Noah, which was the deciding play in the Nuggets' overtime win.
According to Ecker, Gill called out Doyle and the argument escalated into a shoving match and Gill, a former University of Illinois star and 15-year NBA veteran, ultimately threw a punch. Ecker reported that blood was drawn, although the cause wasn't clear.
Gill dabbled in pro boxing after his NBA career and was 4-0 with three knockouts.
Doyle is a former Northwestern basketball player.