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Bruce Bowen ‘accepts’ job offered as joke after losing gig with Clippers

Bruce Bowen finds himself unemployed after losing his job as analyst on FOX Sports West’s broadcasts of Los Angeles Clippers games.

While the reported reasons for Bowen’s contract not being renewed for next season have been the source of some controversy, it would appear Bowen himself has a good sense of humor about it.

Bowen, a three-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2000s, was offered a position at the city’s zoo in light of his sudden and surprising unemployment. In fact, the revered former Spurs player could take “any job” he desired.

The San Antonio Zoo took to Twitter to make the whimsical offer of employment.

And wouldn’t you know it? Bowen “accepted” the offer.

However, in an amusing twist, the reason behind Bowen losing his Clippers job in the first place adds another layer to the story.

Reports suggest that Bowen’s critical comments earlier this summer about Kawhi Leonard — who the Clippers covet and are expected to make a run at in free agency next year — inspired the move. After all, it sounds like Leonard does not intend to stay with the Toronto Raptors after the 2018-19 season.

Which brings the story back to the San Antonio Zoo. When it became clear Leonard was bound to leave San Antonio in June, the zoo revoked his free membership.

So, if Bowen ends up landing on his feet with another broadcaster’s job, perhaps the zoo can just give him a free membership instead of employment. It’d be a nice gesture.