If you watched the Wizards’ final NBA playoff game this season, you likely remember the video of Ted Leonsis seeming to express his PG-13 outrage at some of the fourth-quarter officiating.
Leonsis explained his emotions during an interview with Monumental Network this week. He was talking about what it’s like to sit directly next to his own team’s bench during such charged contests.
“You also can hear some words that perhaps you weren’t expecting to hear,” he said. “Sometimes players are emotional, sometimes the coach is emotional. You know, during the playoffs I got emotional one time. I guess there was a video of me perhaps saying something that I should be ashamed of.
“And I really didn’t say what they thought I was saying,” he went on. “You know, the game was on ESPN. I was saying ‘Bill Simmons,’ that’s what I was saying. I saw him sitting right across from me. In basketball, especially the playoffs, there’s nothing more exciting than playoff basketball, playoff hockey. And so emotions fly high, and you maybe say some things that you don’t mean, but it’s all a matter of the intensity and how hard and how much you want to win for your fans.”