Earlier this evening, an arrest warrant was issued for Thunder PA announcer Jim Miller on three counts of lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16. Since the allegations have surfaced, the Thunder have removed Miller from his duties with the team.
At around 6:30pm, an affidavit was leaked on Twitter that contained the details surrounding the allegations. Out of respect to the victims and their families, I’m not going to post the entire document. However, here’s a snippet that contains Miller’s response to the claims, which does include a slight admission of guilt. I blacked out names of the victims and other details, but you’ll get the gist of what he’s being accused of.
Phew. I'm not in a position to know what's going on here, and I'm not the type of guy to take a "moral high ground" and judge somebody based on one person's accusations. But the situation sucks all around. It sucks that a kid might have had to deal with that, and it sucks that someone lost their career because they acted like an idiot.
But, another interesting question: Who replaces him? The Thunder are going to have to hire someone or sub in Matt Pinto or Brian Davis before Game 1 of the Thunder's series with the Lakers. It could kill the energy in the arena to have a new guy in there. I'm not saying the Thunder should continue to employ him after these accusations (they probably shouldn't), but it's a pretty unusual situation to have a totally new guy announcing the lineup right in the middle of a playoff run. I do have confidence in the Thunder's ability to find overly-cheesy voice guys though (Pinto, Davis), so I have no worries about the situation.
Also, make sure to head on over to the Lost Ogle for all of the story's details.
UPDATE: According to @PhilsNews on Twitter, Jim Miller is currently at the county jail facing three counts of lewd/indecent acts and $30,000 bond. The Lost Ogle's Twitter claims that the Tulsa 66ers announcer will be subbing in for Jim Miller.