Bucks Forward Ekpe Udoh Calls Out Chris Broussard's Inability to Spell "Monta Ellis"
Chris Broussard has made his share of conspicuous errors over the years. That's bound to be the case for anyone in the public eye as much as Broussard is, though, if we're being honest, Broussard's on a plane all his own. A minor—yet persistent—example: Monta Ellis has been in the NBA for eight years now and Broussard still can't spell his name:
1st deadline trade - Monte Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown to Bucks; Andrew Bogut, Steve Jackson to G State as 1st reported in Mil Jrnl-Sntnel
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) March 14, 2012
Im told Monte Ellis's name is coming up in discussions btwn Milwaukee & ATL in potential Josh Smith deal. — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 19, 2013
Josh Smith would like to play w/Monte Ellis & Brandon Jennings so Bucks trying to make trade w/out giving up Ellis. — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 20, 2013
Sources insist Bucks not trading Monte Ellis to ATL in JSmith deal — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 21, 2013
It happened again today when Broussard provided a much-anticipated update on Ellis's free agency plans:
Sources: Monte Ellis has told Bucks he is opting out of the 1-year, $11 million left on his contract. Will become coveted free agent — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 17, 2013
Now, it's a tough name. Monta is pronounced "mon-tay", a sound which would come more naturally from the spelling Broussard prefers. "Monta" confuses a lot of people, as evidenced by the regularity with which you hear people-- even NBA people-- say "Mon-tuh" and a quick Twitter search for the misspelling. But come on, Chris. You're a professional NBA reporter who clearly has a great source for Ellis intel, so you come across that name even more than most. How is this still an issue? At this point even Ellis's teammates (or former teammates, perhaps, given the news containing the typo) are noticing:
At least spell the homie name right — Ekpe Udoh (@EkpeUdoh) June 17, 2013Monta. The name is bound to get tossed around a lot this summer, so it's worth taking note. Other people obviously are.