Announcer suspended after saying ‘choke job’

North Dakota has suspended men’s basketball play-by-play radio announcer Paul Ralston for two games after he used the phrase “choke job” following an overtime loss to Northern Arizona.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Ralston used the words during his interview with coach Brian Jones after the team’s 74-72 home loss Saturday.

North Dakota led in the final minute of regulation, but Northern Arizona rallied to force overtime and win. North Dakota missed five free throws over the final four minutes of regulation.

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Athletic director Brian Faison says Ralston will not call the game at Northern Colorado on Wednesday or Saturday’s game at Nebraska-Omaha. Associate athletic director Kyle Doperalski will handle the play-by-play duties for those games.

Ralston will return to his play-by-play role on Feb. 28 against Portland State.