ESPN Criticized for Comments About Zion Williamson’s Weight During his NBA Debut

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after making a 3-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Spurs won 121-117. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

ESPN is broadcasting Zion Williamson’s regular season debut this evening. The New Orleans Pelicans are taking on the San Antonio Spurs in the nationally televised broadcast. The Worldwide Leader is facing some criticism from fans for how it’s handling Williamson’s debut.

About 30 minutes into the broadcast, fans started to take issue with ESPN talking too much about Dallas Mavericks second-year star Luka Doncic.

Doncic, of course, is not playing in this Spurs-Pelicans game.

“Why are we talking about Luka Doncic during a Spurs-Pelicans game?” one NBA writer tweeted.

He wasn’t the only one to complain.

The Luka Doncic comments aren’t the only point of criticism for NBA fans, either.

The broadcast is talking quite a bit about Williamson’s size and if he might be playing overweight. Williamson is listed at 6-foot-6, 284 pounds.

There’s going to be a lot of Zion Williamson talk on ESPN moving forward. Hopefully most of it isn’t centered on his weight.

The Pelicans currently trail the Spurs, 31-24, at the end of the first quarter.

Williamson has one assist and one turnover in four minutes of play. He’s expected to play roughly 20 minutes this evening.

SOURCE: The Spun, Andrew Holleran