Sports broadcaster fired after making Antifa joke during basketball game

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Play-by-play announcer Mark Martello is speaking out after being fired for making a joke at Antifa’s expense when talking about the MSU vs. Portland women’s basketball game last month. The reference alluded to rising crime rates and what people can get away with doing “after a riot.”

Earlier during the January 22nd game, the Montana announcer made reference to Chicago’s South Side as well.

“Getting word that the MSU announcer for the game was let go,” Portland sports journalist Joe Terry said the following day.

In a response for comment from 406mtsports.com he said: “I am taking responsibility for what came out of my mouth. I will miss the team and coaches. There will be no apology, no one was harmed.”

The closest to an official acknowledgement from the Montana school was that Martello was removed from the broadcasting team. Portland state’s athletic department called Martello’s comparison “inaccurate and inappropriate,” and expressed gratitude for Montana State taking action.

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