By Ryan Mayer
Yesterday, we brought you the story of University Wisconsin Green Bay play by play announcer Matt Menzl being ejected from the team’s semifinal win over Valparaiso in the Horizon League tournament. While reports indicated that he returned to the game just a few minutes later, no one had been told exactly why he was ejected. Now, we know courtesy of Scott Venci from the Green Bay Press Gazette.
According to the article from Venci, Menzl was ejected because of a misunderstanding over hand gestures that Menzl was making while describing the action.
“I talk with my hands,” Menzl said. “I was trying to describe that we had two guys fighting for the ball, and he took it as I waved him off, like saying that’s a horrible call.
“At first he gave me a warning. Then two seconds later said, ‘I want this guy removed and I won’t start the game until he gets removed.’”
The article has a link to the full audio of the incident and you can hear the confusion following the officials’ first warning to Menzl and then after the commercial, Oakland University’s play by play man takes over for a minute or two after Menzl had been tossed. He does eventually return to the action.
All drama aside, Green Bay went out and won the Horizon League 78-69 over Wright State last night to clinch their first tournament bid in 20 years.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.