Sunday, March 22, 2009
I don't think I could ever see Gus Johnson getting mad at anyone, but maybe all of those MMA fights he covered recently have made him a little testy. According to a police report, found by Deadspin, the March Madness staple got into it with a Restaurateur in Memphis before calling the opening round action in Minneapolis, and was even handcuffed and detained by an officer. Here's the tale of the tap via the Memphis Commercial Appeal....
According to the report, officers were called at 2 a.m. Saturday to the bar at 138 Beale, where Reed told them Johnson refused to leave after complaining about the service.Well that's certainly not a story CBS wanted to have out there at the start of the Tournament. It's obviously a few days old, and neither man was charged, but it would interesting to hear someone's account of the scuffle, who was at the cafe.
While officers questioned the two men, a disturbance in another part of the restaurant distracted them.
They then heard a "loud crash" and returned to find Johnson and Reed grappling on the floor.
Police detained Johnson when he refused to let go of Reed as the officers tried to break up the scrum.
Reed told them Johnson had pushed him and that he'd grabbed the play-by-play man when he thought Johnson was about to deliver a punch. A waitress, Milly Dalbey, 35, told police Johnson had indeed pushed Reed.
Johnson, however, said he'd been pushed first.
Officers didn't arrest anybody, the report states, because they didn't see what started the tussle.
Police Report: Gus Johnson Fought With Restaurant Manager (Deadspin)
CBS announcer Gus Johnson was in scuffle at Blues City Cafe (Commercial Appeal)