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Last week, there was an incident at a Whataburger restaurant in Tempe, Arizona where three Arizona State football players, including freshman defensive back Jordan Clark, were called a racial slur by a female customer. She complained to the manager saying she was harassed by the football players even though the players only asked that she order the food for them and they would pay for it. 

Last week, Clark released a statement on social media describing the specifics of what happened that night with the customer and their interaction with the manager afterwards: 

https://twitter.com/Jclark21_/status/1273171411364917248

The name Jordan Clark might sound somewhat familiar because he is the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back and current ESPN analyst, Ryan Clark. Whataburger publicly apologized for what happened and released this statement on Twitter: 

On Friday mornings’s Get Up, Clark had the opportunity to talk about the conversation that he had with his son and in the video, you will hear him share a story of what happened to his dad back in 1977. 

“What’s crazy is I wasn’t mad at the young lady or the woman or the manager, I was mad at myself. I was mad at Jordan and I’m not necessarily sure that was the right emotion to have but nothing pisses me off more than being scared…. This isn’t just a fear for me everyday, this has been a fear of black people forever.”  

Clark was not afraid to show his emotion as well in thanking everyone who reached out to him with their support: 

“I’m blessed my child is still here. If something would have happened to him, it would have broke me. For me, I got to do a better job of educating him and I have to protect him because I wouldn’t know how to live if he wouldn’t have made it out. Thank you to everyone that reached out to me. I know it’s getting better, but it’s not better yet and better for everyone. We have to keep staying together and doing what we can.” 

Later that day, on the mid-day SportsCenter, Matt Barrie addressed the story and as an alum of Arizona State, he had some words to say about the school, to the Clark family, and to his home state of Arizona.

“I want to say it to Jordan Clark. Jordan, I have talked to you numerous times at football events and you are a damn good kid. You and your teammates did not deserve this. I went to Arizona State, I’m from Arizona. This is not the place you signed up for, so I apologize that you went through this.

“Ryan Clark, you are a damn good father and you sent your son to a good university in Arizona State. This is not what my home state stands for. Arizona, do better and be better. Do not let this woman act like this and bring my state into national headlines when these were innocent college football kids going out to get a meal… To my own state, pick yourself up because this is embarrassing.” 

It was great to see ESPN stand behind the Clark family and it is clear you saw a case of a company standing behind one of its own emphatically and showing support at a time when it is needed. He took a stance against the actions of what happens while showing support. It’s a good representation of the change that is trying to occur in this country right now. 

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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