Ouch. That wasn't pretty. Reggie Miller chuckling at Kobe doesn't help the situation either. Tiger Woods swears all the time on the golf course and gets away with it from the PGA Tour, but Kobe using a disgusting slur like this and being caught on TV seems worse. Seeing as how it's Kobe and the Playoffs are imminent, I'll be shocked if he's suspended for swearing like Wayne Rooney was a week ago in the EPL. But, seeing the vulgarity of this video makes me think the always image-conscious David Stern will want to do something, if only a slap on the wrist to make the story go away.
H/T The Last Angry Fan
I respectfully have to disagree, JP Dellacamera is a terrible announcer from the technical standpoint, and soccer is a sport where naturally a british voice sounds a lot better (with a few notable exceptions i.e. Phil Schoen), much like how football or basketball would sound atrocious with a British voice. I see their being no problem only having british announcers and I think Ian did a great job and has really grown in his role as the voice of soccer in the U.S.
Secondly, I think the one major mistake ESPN made during the World cup was to promote only their MLS coverage and not their EPL or LA Liga coverage. Though the MLS is growing at a particularly fast rate, its game is not at the quality of the world cup or let alone the premier league, hence I'm not sure if Americans have the patience for it (If their was a mediocre basketball league in Britain would its popularity still even be close to that of the NBA?) . I think if ESPN played their cards right they could have seen a real jump in EPL ratings and even more continued growth of the sport.