Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors kept fans of both teams on the edge of their seats on Sunday night, but one ESPN host got a little too excited while recapping the game’s most memorable moments.
While giving his usual rundown of the game that saw the Warriors defeat the Cavs 104-91, ESPN SportsCenter host John Buccigross was describing the Curry family’s reaction to Steph Curry’s explosive 4th quarter performance when he casually referred to Steph’s wife Ayesha as a “babymama.”
Buccigross has been an ESPN news anchor for nearly 20 years and is known for his pop culture-inspired sports commentary, often referencing everything from current song lyrics to trending phrases on multiple episodes of SportsCenter. His Twitter bio is also reflective of his comedic personality as it reads:
“Everybody Know Me: Bucci Mane big cat, growin’ up was real hard on my block. A butt dial is not the same as a booty call.”
Nevertheless, despite the possibility that Buccigross may have made the comment as a joke, the increasingly negative connotation of the “babymama” title make the comment unacceptable. Not to mention the fact that Ayesha has been by Steph’s side for 7 years, his wife for 4 years and is roughly one month away from giving birth to their second child together. Given that he’s familiar enough with the word to use it, surely he’s aware of the less-than-favorable stigma attached to women, specifically black women, who are labeled with that title inaccurately. All in all, Buccigross referring to Mrs. Curry as a babymama was certainly a poor choice of words.
Steph himself has spoken of his wife in high regard multiple times on public platforms, so there’s no reason that she shouldn’t be entitled to the same level of respect from ESPN.