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Spanish Broadcaster Exits Panthers Booth Over Support For Trump

“Moreno Jr. is a freelancer whose contract is on a season-by-season basis. When he contacted the Panthers to discuss his contract for the 2020 season, his calls and emails were not returned.”

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Half of the Carolina Panthers’ Spanish Language radio broadcasting duo was missing when Carolina kicked off the 2020 season against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. And now fans know the reason why. Luis Moreno Jr. strongly supports President Donald Trump and the conspiracy theory group Qanon.

“I don’t think that me showing support for the president of a country that I love — and that I just became a citizen of — should have a backlash to the point where now I am no longer a part of a great organization that I was with for 10 years, simply because my freedom of speech was too much for them,” Moreno Jr. told The Charlotte Observer on Monday.

Moreno Jr. has acted as a color analyst for the Panthers’ Spanish broadcast team for the past 10 seasons. Along with his uncle, play by play man Jamie Moreno, the pair gained national attention in 2015 when they sang and danced in the press box, bringing a soccer-like feel to the broadcasts during the Panthers’ Super Bowl run.

Due to the surge in popularity, the Los Panthers radio network has expanded to 20 stations in both North and South Carolina and six across the border in Mexico to help reach at least some of that country’s estimated 28.3 million NFL fans.

Moreno Jr. began to slip from the Panthers’ good graces during the COVID-19 pandemic when he says he began to focus on politics and read information online.

“(I) found out that there are a lot of things that are happening that I wasn’t aware of that make me support him (Trump),” Moreno Jr. said.

That’s when Moreno Jr. began tweeting support for President Trump and the controversial Alt-Right group Qanon from his personal account. He was contacted by the Panthers and asked to remove all mention of the organization, which he did. But according to Moreno Jr., that wasn’t enough for the Panthers.

“If what they want me to do is stop supporting the president, I’m not gonna do that,” he said.

Moreno Jr. is a freelancer whose contract is on a season-by-season basis. When he contacted the Panthers to discuss his contract for the 2020 season, his calls and emails were not returned.

“I’m hurt because this has nothing to do with my performance on-air,” Moreno Jr said. “This has nothing to do with how good I am at what I do. I’m one of the best, and I’ll put myself against anybody in the country when it comes to what I do in Spanish. None of my support for the president was done on any of their (the Panthers) social-media pages. It was never done on any of the airtime — whether it was a podcast or a broadcast or anything related to the Panthers. This was solely on my personal time, on my personal accounts.”

Antonio Ramos was in the booth Sunday as color analyst, partnering with Jamie Moreno. It is not known if the pairing is permanent, as the Panthers have not updated the Spanish Broadcast information on their official website.

The Panthers’ Spanish Flagship station is WGSP 102.3 FM in Charlotte.

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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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