“Jim Rome” is trending on Twitter right now.
It’s the anniversary of the live television moment when he called NFL quarterback Jim Everett “Chris” to his face during a one-on-one interview, leading Everett to toss a table aside and shove/grab Rome off the stage.
The background here is that “Chris” refers to Chris Evert, who was a famous female tennis player back then, meaning that Rome was essentially telling Everett that he was a woman, resulting in this:
April 6, 1994: Jim Everett goes after Jim Rome on ESPN2’s Talk 2 show (which was televised live). pic.twitter.com/DGKDiBgkbR
— This Day In Sports Clips (@TDISportsClips) April 6, 2020
Rome, not shockingly, comes across as a total asshole there, but in a weird way I kind of begrudgingly respect the fact that he didn’t try to hide his prior criticism, which was distasteful, but valid. Everett struggled in 1993 with the Rams, completed less than 50% of his passes, and threw more interceptions than touchdowns, which led to his departure to New Orleans. Most people would pretend that they never said what they said and claim ignorance, but Rome was 100% committed to being a jabroni. He got punked on national television, but at least he was consistent with his douchebaggery.
Great moment in sports history right there.