Let’s return to the simpler times of December 2019 for a moment. Chris Paul is playing the Oklahoma City Thunder, who trails the Minnesota Timberwolves by two with 1.1 seconds left in the game. Paul notices that Minnesota’s Jordan Bell has his game jersey untucked while subbing in before Karl-Anthony Towns’ free-throw attempts. Paul alerts officials about this infraction and they assess the Wolves with a delay of game and a technical foul. That started a series of events that allowed the Thunder to convert a full-court pass into a layup, sending the game to overtime, and eventually winning.
holy shit here it is
CHRIS PAUL SNITCHED TO SCOTT FOSTER THAT JORDAN BELL HAD HIS JERSEY UNTUCKED AND HE ACTUALLY CALLED IT pic.twitter.com/c1l7SzmAna
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 7, 2019
In the years since, Paul has moved on, now playing for the Phoenix Suns. The Timberwolves and their broadcast team, however, have not forgotten.
Friday night, the Suns beat up on the lowly Wolves in a decisive 113-101 victory. That wasn’t anything noteworthy on its own. However, towards the end of the game, Paul was seen on the court wearing his jersey untucked. Regardless of whether or not it was a conscious troll or an unconscious fashion faux pas, Timberwolves announcers Dave Benz and Jim Peterson certainly noticed and did not let the moment slide.
Chris Paul playing the Wolves with his jersey untucked is a master troll move and the Wolves broadcast noticed pic.twitter.com/J57u2tFlwx
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) March 20, 2021
Benz: “…Chris Paul, jersey untucked and all. I mean, that thing is really down.”
Peterson: “The irony of Chris Paul walking around with his jersey untucked is just thick.”
Benz: “You’ve got that right.”
Peterson: “It’s just slapping every Timberwolves fan in the face right now.”
Petty and childish? Perhaps, but then again so was Paul’s initial jersey-snitch as well. All’s fair in love and the NBA.