'I hope he does my eulogy': Rex Chapman trolled for KILLING Pete Gillen
Sports analyst Rex Chapman did an oopsie on live television when he paid his respects to Pete Gillen, while the head coach at the NCAA tournament pregame show is very much alive. Caught up in the March madness, the former NBA player very convincingly said: “Rest in peace Pete Gillen” while referencing a moment in basketball history 25 years ago during Saturday’s pregame show.
In the video, Chapman’s fellow commentators on the panel also tried a quick cover-up when the very swiftly changed moved on from the subject with one of them saying “there ya go”. Basketball fans were also quick to call out Chapman’s goof on Twitter. Among the herd was sports anchor Yianni Kourakis, who tweeted, “Oh no Rex [Chapman] thinks Pete Gillen is dead.”
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Oh no, Rex Champan thinks Pete Gillen is dead.— Yianni Kourakis (@WPBF_Yianni) March 19, 2022
In reference to '97 Providence team, Rex said "RIP Pete Gillen"
Pete is very much alive
@RexChapman What’s going on Rex? Are you high again?— Sam Tibolt (@samtibolt) March 20, 2022
What made the whole situation even funnier was the fact that while Chapman was claiming Pete Gillen was dead on his guest appearance on CBS, Pete, who actually works for CBS was also on air at the time. Fortunately, the 1997 head coach got a good laugh out of the awkward mishap.
After Chapman’s comment, Pete Gillen’s co-analyst on CBS Sports Network referred to him as “the incredibly vibrant Pete Gillen” as all other commentators crack up. Lighting up the mood Rex also took to Twitter and wrote “It’s a great day! Pete’s alive', in response to the clip.
It’s a great day! Pete’s alive.😂— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 20, 2022
Chapman later also clarified that at the moment he was thinking of late Skip Prosser, the former Xavier coach, and his brain somehow made the connection with Pete Gillen given that CBS anchor also coached at Xavier. Amid the jokes on the former NBA player on Twitter, the response of several college basketball fans was brutal. Following the mistake, one critic wrote “If you ever find yourself talking on television, try to keep track of who’s dead and who’s alive,”.
While another questioned Chapman’s competency saying, “Rex Chapman doesn’t know the players’ names and thinks Pete Gillen is dead. What a great hire.”. Another Twitter user joked and tweeted “I hope Rex Chapman does my eulogy so I can still be alive to hear it.”