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Rob Parker Calls Out Brees, Says Apology Is Chance To Learn

“Let this be a lesson to all not willing to hear or recognize the black and brown man’s plight. Unlike four years ago, the narrative will NOT be changed this time. Stick to solving the problems at hand – police brutality and social injustice.”

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set off a media firestorm with his comments about the American Flag in the light of racial unrest over the death of George Floyd. Brees referenced some NFL players’ protest of police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem before games.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in part. “Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the National Anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both (were) risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.”

Rob Parker of Fox Sports is one of the biggest detractors of Brees statement and vented his feelings on Wednesday night’s broadcast of The Odd Couple.

“The comments by Drew Brees really cut me deep today,” a passionate Parker said. “Just stop it. This is NOT about the flag. It never has been. Colin Kaepernick told us a million times it wasn’t about the flag. So stop it already with this nonsense! Drew Brees is part of the problem. Those comments are disingenuous and wrong. If anyone brings up the flag, you should denounce them, discount them, and disregard them. It’s an excuse that’s all it is… I want Drew Brees to denounce racism, denounce social injustice, and talk about the issue at hand… This whole thing when people bring up the military – your patriotism, I’m sorry, is not going to hide your racism… Drew Brees is exhibit A on what is wrong with this country.”

Brees’ teammate Malcom Jenkins also released a video statement telling Brees to Shut the f*ck up and that he no longer considered the two friends. Jenkins then released a second video that softened the tone of his message and it received tweets of support from Fox Sports personalities Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor among others.

On Tuesday morning, Brees issued an apology on his Instagram account saying, “In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered on the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”

Parker seemingly accepted Brees apology tweeting out Tuesday morning that he was glad to see Brees apology and adds: 

“Let this be a lesson to all not willing to hear or recognize the black and brown man’s plight. Unlike four years ago, the narrative will NOT be changed this time. Stick to solving the problems at hand – police brutality and social injustice.” 

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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