Oregon State Beavers play by play announcer Mike Parker broadcasted from Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon, calling the Beavs Sweet 16 game vs. Loyola-Chicago.
Early in the first half, he talked about walking through the streets of downtown Indianapolis and the city’s rich history.
“It’s an honor to be here,” Parker said during the broadcast.
Little did anyone know listening to Parker describe his walks through downtown Indy that he was assaulted by a man in those same streets just hours earlier.
First reported by The Oregonian and confirmed by NBC Sports Northwest’s Dwight Jaynes, Parker was involved in an incident that left him bloodied and bruised.
He shared this photo minutes before the attack.
Reached by phone Sunday, Parker told Jaynes that a younger man approached him while he was walking along Indy’s downtown Canal Walk.
The man asked Parker, who was carrying his work bag, “Do you have a bomb in that bag?”
Parker said “no” and continued to walk. The unidentified man was persistent with Parker, who remained in stride.
Suddenly, the man tackled Parker to the ground.
“He was quick. I didn’t see him coming.”
With the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis, there is a heightened police presence. Fortunately, law enforcement was close by.
“The police on bikes were there right away, almost as quickly as I hit the ground,” Parker told NBCSNW. “The police talked to me for a while and then i went back to the hotel to get ready for the broadcast. I don’t know what actually happened to him. ”
Parker suffered an elbow abrasion and a ripped polo shirt. He was treated by medical personnel at Bankers Life Fieldhouse upon his arrival at the arena.
The voice of the Beavs, who is a mainstay on NBCSNW’s Talkin’ Beavers is a little sore Sunday, but remains in good spirits as Oregon State awaits their Elite 8 match-up vs. the No. 2 Houston Cougars.
And he maintains his sense of humor, too.
“I think it was a legal hit,” Parker said.