The sports world continues to offer support to sportscaster Chris Berman after the tragic death of his wife Kathy in a car accident. That includes the Inside the NBA crew, which had host Ernie Johnson give a touching tribute to the Berman family on behalf of Turner Sports.
Johnson spoke about Berman and his family on Thursday, hours after the sports world learned of Kathy’s death earlier in the week.
We at Turner Sports want to join the chorus sending our thoughts and prayers out to the family of Chris Berman. Chris’s wife Kathy died Tuesday in a car accident in their home state of Connecticut.
Kathy and Chris were married for 33 years and had two children, Meredith and Douglas. It goes without saying that Chris Berman changed the sports television world, Joining ESPN in 1979, working there for 38 years.
During that span he became one of the most recognizable faces on the air. Boomer, our hearts go out to you and your kids on the passing of your beloved wife—a woman you always referred to as your rock.
Kathy Berman was 67 years old.
Though sports television is often full of high-stakes competition, it’s a setting full of respect for those that compete for ratings and attention. Turner employees sent words of encouragement out when many ESPN staffers were let go in recent weeks, and those at the Worldwide Leader paid tribute to Craig Sager on air when he passed away last year.
Much like Kenny Smith’s absence when his mother passed away, the people in the sports world should always come well before the sports.