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Le Batard Embarrassed By Birthday Party Stunt

“I’m embarrassed that it happened at our party, given how much I care about Miami and journalism.”

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Former Miami Marlins president, David Samson was booed loudly while making an appearance at ESPN and Miami based radio host, Dan Le Batard’s 50th birthday partyover the weekend.

As the booing ensued, Samson flashed his middle finger and shouted “Thank you so much; thank you very much.”

“Here’s why I love when you guys boo me,” Samson continued proudly. “Right. I want you to keep booing me. Because guess what? One-point-two billion. F–k you!”

Samson was part of the group under former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria which convinced Miami tax-payers to pay $1.2 billion for a new stadium, only to turn around and sell the dismal franchise soon after. 

On Wednesday, Samson joined Le Batard’s ESPN radio show where he doubled down on his comments.  “We were all in the moment, and I was just adjusting to the moment,” Samson said . “I am not apologizing for doing my job.” Adding he would not let anyone question “whether I have affinity, love, and respect for Miami.”

At first Le Batard defended Samson, calling it a piece of performance art while telling people that didn’t like it, “You don’t get the show.”  

“These bleeping fun suckers.” wrote Le Batard on Twitter.  “Samson was playing the heel wrestling manager. No one would seriously wear that jacket. I was booing Samson before taking the mic from him” 

Later, while speaking with the Miami New Times Wednesday afternoon, Le Batard backed off his defense of Samson a little bit.  “I’m embarrassed that it happened at our party, given how much I care about Miami and journalism,” the popular radio host said. “At the same time, I can also see the funny in it. I don’t expect everyone to, but that’s sort of the nature of performance art.”

While there may have been some people who “get the show” and enjoyed the Samson bit, there are certainly many Miami tax-payers still sensitive to the way Samson assisted in the acquisition of 1.2 billion dollars from them to bring the Marlins a new stadium.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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