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.
Dear Bruce Bowen,
WE’RE HIRING and you can have any job you want here! We’re also providing you a famous private parking spot for all of your honest & insightful player analysis & assessment capabilities. @Bowen12 #ChiefTruthOfficer #Spurs #GoSpursGo
— San Antonio Zoo & Zoo School🦏 (@SanAntonioZoo) August 14, 2018
And wouldn’t you know it? Bowen “accepted” the offer.
I Gladly accept! https://t.co/lVkiLTfKjd
— Bruce Bowen (@Bowen12) August 14, 2018
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.
Who wants a free membership?
We have recently become aware that one of our members intends to move. Kawhy? We have no idea, but his membership is now null and void and up for grabs.
RT this to be entered into a random drawing for a free membership. pic.twitter.com/RXRM1SD3g4
— San Antonio Zoo & Zoo School (@SanAntonioZoo) June 15, 2018
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.