OJ Simpson Prolonged Bronco Chase to Hear NBA Finals, ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy Says (Video)

“I could just see him having a gun to his head and saying, ‘Turn up the radio so I can hear the last few minutes,'” ABC announcer says

Last Updated: June 11, 2016 @ 8:26 AM

O.J. Simpson’s infamous white Bronco car chase was stalled because Simpson wanted to listen to the end of the NBA Finals on the radio before surrendering to police, according to ABC announcer Jeff Van Gundy.

During Friday night’s NBA Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, ABC ran a promo for Saturday’s premiere of the new Simpson documentary, “O.J. Made in America.” Following the promo, Van Gundy told the bizarre story.

According to Van Gundy, the legendary Pat Riley bumped into Al Cowlings, Simpson’s old friend and the owner and driver of the white Bronco, at a Los Angeles car wash shortly after the chase.

“He waved him over and proceeded to tell him the story of why he was driving so slow was O.J. wanted to hear the end of the game on the radio before he pulled in,” Van Gundy said. “When Coach Riley told us that story, I was mesmerized by what really goes on. Like I could just see him having a gun to his head and saying, ‘Turn up the radio so I can hear the last few minutes.'”

The chase occurred during Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden.

At the time, Riley was head coach of the Knicks and Van Gundy was his top assistant. NBC famously cut away from the game to show the car chase.

Watch the video above.

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