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Bomani Jones Calls Into Will Cain Show To Debate Host

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Tuesday night, Will Cain criticized NASCAR and the media for rushing to judgement on reporting a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage. It was described as a hate crime against a Black driver, but an FBI investigation concluded the rope had been there since last year and was not an act of racist intimidation against Wallace. 

Wednesday on First Take, Cain said NASCAR screwing up the noose incident moves society backwards and was an impediment to race relations in this country. It led Bomani Jones to call into Cain’s radio show and debate the sentiment. 

Yes Jones called in and took Cain to task and yes it was an intense conversation, but more than a radio fight, it was a productive dialogue. 

“The impediment to racism is white people not treating black people as being of equal levels of humanity, that’s the answer for all of time,” Jones said, “The reason I wanted to call in, it’s very important to note this especially considering the power dynamics. Me viewing you, for example, through the lens of just being a part of a group and not an individual, doesn’t have any negative effect on your life. You viewing others the other way actually does have a negative effect on their life. It’s not the same thing. We can’t do the both sides and human beings are judged like this because there has been a level of subjugation to people in this country that is uncommon and is not something that we can look at across all the world and describe all this necessarily as tribalism.” 

“The problem I have is, when you say that what happened with Bubba Wallace is going to be an impediment to race relations,” Jones continued. “Nah, man, those people rolling on Speedway Boulevard before that race with those flags flying, those are an impediment to race relations. The person that had a flag, had a thing that said ‘defund NASCAR’ on Sunday over the track, that’s an impediment to race relations.”

Jones said those are far bigger impediments to race relations than what was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage. He also applauded NASCAR for checking out what appeared to be a noose, even though the FBI deemed it was only a rope pull. 

“You can’t tell people not to overreact when you see what you think is a noose and then justify people overreacting on the backend to the idea that it did not go the way it appeared to have,” Bomani said. 

“I feel very passionately about this fact,” Cain said. “I am not the one undercutting the idea of people’s ability to accept that racism takes place, false claims like this undercut that. That is what empowers those who think that things are hoaxes.”

“Let me tell you what empowers those people,” Jones responded. “Racism is what empowers those people. If this had been real and the next one is fake, they’re still going to jump on the fake one and ignore the real one.”

Jones noted there are so many examples of racism, yet people still fixate on the one that turned out to be false. We saw blatant acts of racism around Talladega Speedway as people defied and fought NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag. But instead of seeing outrage over those overt acts of racism, the outrage is directed at NASCAR for investigating what they believed to be a noose hanging in the garage of a Black driver. 

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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