Pablo Torre, who you probably know from programs such as Around the Horn, Highly Questionable and the ESPN Daily Podcast, was one of 16,067 fans in attendance for Tuesday night’s Bucks/Nets Game 5 in Brooklyn. Torre’s appearance at Barclays Center, where he sat alongside comedian Wyatt Cenac and Jason Sudeikis of SNL and Ted Lasso fame, was discussed at length the following day on Around the Horn with host Tony Reali sharing a photo taken by James Devaney of Getty Images. Sudeikis, his son Otis, and Cenac were each mentioned by name in the caption while Torre, despite boasting over 180,000 followers on Twitter, was relegated to lowly “guest” status.
Torre’s snub became a running joke with Reali and other panelists mercilessly ribbing the popular ESPN personality throughout Wednesday’s show. The 35-year-old defeated colleague Mina Kimes in the “Showdown” round for what would have been his 100th career victory, though Reali denied him that milestone, instead crediting the win to Torre’s alter ego, “And Guest.”
“On behalf of the ‘And Guest’ community, I’d like to recognize all of the anonymous people who have been toiling in the background of photographs for years,” said Torre, during the show’s “Face Time” segment. “Maybe you joined a friend more famous than you. Maybe you just happened to join new friends like Jason, Otis and Wyatt at a Nets game for the first time and they didn’t recognize you, or DELIBERATELY didn’t recognize you because they know you’re a Process [truther].”
Torre posited a possible conspiracy theory, suggesting his association with “The Process,” a controversial tanking movement born of former 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, may have been a factor in Getty Images identifying him as a mere “guest” of Sudeikis and Cenac. “Anti-Process paparazzi,” lamented a disbelieving Torre, humorously accusing Getty of propagating a hidden, anti-Hinkie agenda. “I’m out with close personal friends and that happens. Sure.”
Someday, Torre will get to tell his grandchildren about the time he saw Kevin Durant give one of the greatest performances in NBA postseason history, even if Getty won’t acknowledge he was there.
UPDATE: Ben Krimmel of 106.7 The Fan (a former intern on Around the Horn), notes that Getty did eventually get around to tagging Torre, albeit 24 hours later.