Despite his lightning-quick acquittal, the consensus remains that Calvin Murphy is finished as a public figure.
"We remain committed to re-evaluating his situation at the end of the season regarding his future with the organization and that of the broadcast team," said Tad Brown, Rockets senior vice president of marketing and sales, in a statement issued by the club.
Yet doubt remains in the minds of many.
"I can't see how he can come back to be on TV, to be a public face of the team," said one league executive not with the Rockets.
"No way. Not at all," said another.
"The Rockets could not put him back in that role even if they wanted to," said [Elvin] Hayes. "That life is over for him. ... It's possible in all of us to say, `I forgive.' But you can't erase the human mind."
Three jurors initially wanted to convict Murphy of some of the six counts based on testimony from a single daughter who they thought was more credible than the other four, juror Richard Shields said.
After discussing inconsistencies in her testimony, however, the jurors agreed there was reasonable doubt about the truth of her statements.
"We had to go on (District Judge Michael) McSpadden telling us not to convict if we had a reasonable doubt," said Shields, 48, one of the jurors who initially wanted to convict.
Ellen Burg Holloway, 47, also thought one daughter was more believable than others, but said some of that daughter's testimony was contradicted by her mother's statements.
I've gone back and forth on the conventional wisdom here, so take my thoughts with the usual grain of salt. Calvin Murphy could come back, but right now it's not looking good for him. I've no doubt the Rockets will keep an ear to the ground (was there any reporting of the reception Murphy got at last night's Rockets game on the TV news?), and for what it's worth, there's a SurveyUSA poll commissioned by KPRC which says 68% of Houstonians agreed with the not-guilty verdict. I'd put odds on the Rockets quietly parting ways with Murphy after the season is over, but you just never know.
UPDATE: Here we go: Murphy gets warm reception at Rockets game.
"Glad to have you back," said one fan as Murphy signed an autograph.
"Get your job back next year, man," said another.
That seemed to be the general consensus as Calvin, dressed in a bright purple suit, waved and blew kisses to the crowd.
"Calvin's probably the best color commentator in the game," said Jason Gound, a Rockets fan. "My wife watches Rocket games mainly because of Calvin and just the personality he brings to the game."
"He's been here for years, I mean everybody loves him," said Sanyika Scott, another fan. "That was just, that was just the past, you know
what I'm saying. It's over now and we can put that behind us."