CNN+ host Rex Chapman incorrectly suggests sports analyst Pete Gillen is dead


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CNN’s Rex Chapman incorrectly suggested that CBS sports analyst Pete Gillen died Saturday while anchoring during the March Madness tournament.

“First time since 25 years ago when Pete Gillen had God Shamgod – rest in peace, Pete Gillen,” Chapman said during a chat about Providence’s progress to the Sweet 16.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski shouts during the first half of a college basketball game against Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, March 18, 2022, in Greenville, SC
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Gillen, 74, is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame and previously coached at Providence and the University of Virginia. He now works as a sports analyst for CBS and is alive and well, as Chapman later pointed out on Twitter.

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“It’s a beautiful day! Pete is alive,” Chapman wrote, adding that he was thinking of Skip Prosser, who died in 2007.

“Skip Prosser was where my head was. Xavier connection maybe. Lol,” he continued.

Barry Hinson, an analyst for the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team, posted a photo of him and Gillen on Twitter, referring to the blunder.

“Rex… This is me and Pete Gillen saying hello from heaven. Hope is fine out there,” he joked. Chapman retweeted the post himself.

Chapman, who played for the University of Kentucky and played professionally for the Phoenix Suns, will host a new show on CNN+ that will feature conversations with athletes.

A March Madness sticker for the NCAA college basketball tournament is placed on a window in downtown Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A March Madness sticker for the NCAA college basketball tournament is placed on a window in downtown Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Chapman, who is known for peddling false information on social media, previously hosted “Block or Charge” on Adult Swim and hosts two other podcasts, including “The Rex Chapman Show” and “Charges With Rex Chapman.”

The March Madness tournament will resume with the Sweet 16 matchups on Thursday after fans saw several upsets in the first two rounds.

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The Saint Peters University men’s team qualified for the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history after beating Murray State and the University of Kentucky. The New Jersey school has been called “Cinderella” this season by several sports analysts and journalists.

Saint Peter players celebrate after defeating Murray State in a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Saint Peter players celebrate after defeating Murray State in a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Florida Gulf Coast, Oral Roberts and Saint Peters are the only number 15 seeded teams to qualify for the Sweet 16.

Team New Jersey will face No. 4 Purdue on Friday.


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