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Report: Grizzlies Fired PA Announcer After Accusations He Made Upskirt Videos In Church

Photo credit: Danny Johnston/AP Images
Photo credit: Danny Johnston/AP Images

Rick Trotter has been calling Memphis Grizzlies games since 2006, but the team announced they’d fired him this afternoon after the Shelby County Sheriff’s office put out a warrant for his arrest. The warrant lists three charges for photographing persons without consent, issued today.


According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, police accuse Trotter of shooting upskirt videos:

Memphis police confirmed that their department issued the four-count warrant Tuesday, adding that there were at least three reported victims. The warrant alleges that Trotter was “making upskirt videos of church members,” apparently “while services were going on.”

Trotter got the job with the Grizzlies after he sent them in a demo tape. He had no previous experience in broadcasting. The Grizzlies said that they fired Trotter in July, but didn’t announce it until today.

The team offered no further comment. Trotter worked at Downtown Church until May, when he was let go. The church put out a statement decrying his “moral failures of a sexual nature:”

“We, the elders of Downtown Church, are deeply saddened to announce that, effective May 27, Rick Trotter was terminated as an employee of Downtown Church. This was the result of deception and moral failures of a sexual nature. As you can imagine, this revelation has been deeply devastating to all of us. We, as elders, have come around his wife and children offering spiritual, emotional and financial support. We will continue to support and encourage them, and we know the Downtown Church family will follow suit. We have responded swiftly as information has emerged, with counsel from trusted professionals. As we move forward in this process, we want the congregation to know we are fully committed to operating with integrity and transparency.”

[Commercial Appeal]

Staff writer, Deadspin