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Seth Dunlap Sits Out Wednesday Show At WWL

“When Dunlap began his Tuesday show, the offensive tweet had yet to become mainstream news. By Wednesday, the tweet was not just an issue within WWL, but a national story.”

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On Tuesday, WWL’s verified Twitter account used a homophobic slur in reference to station employee Seth Dunlap.  On Wednesday, the sports radio host decided to take the night off from his show. 

Dunlap hosts The Last Lap on WWL in New Orleans, Monday – Friday from 8 – 11pm in addition to the Saints pregame show on their radio network.  The offensive tweet came just days after the radio host shared that he’s openly gay, in response to Saints quarterback, Drew Brees supporting a group that has historically opposed LGBT rights.  The Tweet, sent from an unknown person, was quickly deleted, but not before it was seen, shared and screengrabbed by many.

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Dunlap hosted his nighttime show on Tuesday, but chose to skip his Wednesday program.  When Dunlap began his Tuesday show, the offensive tweet had yet to become mainstream news.  By Wednesday, the tweet was not just an issue within WWL, but a national story.  Dunlap explained on Twitter, his decision to miss Wednesday’s radio show.

“Being yourself has never been more important,” Dunlap tweeted.  “The hate that has infected our society threatens to tear us apart from the inside out.  I’m overwhelmed, but I’m also very proud of who I am and the life I live. I’ll be taking tonight off from the show to reflect and decompress.”

According to The Advocate, WWL afternoon host, Scoot Paisant spoke about the incident at length during his Wednesday show, offering support of both the radio station and Dunlap.  

“We have a history of not being afraid to hire openly gay people,” Paisant said, referring to the late David Tyree of WWL. “I don’t know who wrote this. But with technology, we should be able to find out who it is.

“But I think the real bigger question here is: Who are we? Why would anybody see that and go to social media, Facebook, and attack WWL as if we really did that? … To attack us over this is absurd. We have done nothing but embrace the right thing to do.”

 Entercom, which owns WWL sent out an internal memo on Wednesday explaining the obvious, the homophobic tweet does not reflect the company’s standards.  More importantly, the memo acknowledged that Kevin Cassidy, Entercom New Orleans SVP and Market Manager, spoke to Dunlap directly to express disgust with the tweet and share support for their host.  Entercom continues to take all possible steps toward finding who sent the tweet.  

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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