Report: ‘Choke job’ remark leads to suspension

Report: UND announcer suspended for ‘choke job’ comment

The University of North Dakota has suspended men's basketball radio play-by-play announcer Paul Ralston after he called the team's overtime loss to Northern Arizona on Saturday a “choke job."

The Grand Forks Herald is reporting that Ralston was suspended for two games for using the term in a postgame interview with coach Brian Jones following North Dakota's 74-72 loss at home. Athletic director Brian Faison announced the suspension, according to the Herald, and Ralston will be replaced by associate athletics director Kyle Doperalski on the broadcasts.

The school declined comment to on Wednesday and said it would not be issuing a statement but did confirm the suspension for Ralston will include the team's upcoming games on Wednesday at Northern Colorado and Saturday at Nebraska-Omaha. Ralston will be able to resume his duties on Feb. 28 when the team plays at Portland State.

North Dakota had led in the final minutes of regulation in Saturday's loss before Northern Arizona tied the game and won in overtime.

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