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Steve Kerr, Jemele Hill Compare Being Called Out By Trump



Steve Kerr is the guest on the latest episode of Spotify’s Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast. The conversation covers a lot of ground including the NBA Playoffs, players speaking out for social justice causes, and what his team will do with the number 2 pick in the NBA Draft.

One thing that Hill and the Golden State Warriors coach have in common is that both of them have been vocally critical of Donald Trump since the former reality TV star became president. And Trump has noticed and called out both of them on social media.

“It felt so, kind of slimy, you know, it’s like really, like we got – you don’t have anything bigger on the agenda today?” Kerr said before noting that the President’s response to his comments regarding the NBA’s relationship with China weren’t entirely incorrect.

“I was also kind of ashamed because his comments came on the heels of the discussion about China after Daryl Morey comments. And it was probably the one time in my career where I was very unsure about what I should say. And I felt, I didn’t feel pressured by anybody, but I felt sort of cornered, um, by my own circumstances in terms of how I should respond and my response was terrible. And so in some ways I deserve the criticism that I got, but not really from the President. There was especially on the China issue – because we can go into all kinds of detail about his relationship with the Chinese government and the trade agreement. We could talk about all of that. There’s plenty to discuss on that front if he wanted to go in that direction.”

Kerr noted that some of the President’s supporters have not stopped at the issue of China. They have continued to harass the Warriors coach on Twitter. He used an example of the reaction to a local organization he supports in Oakland called Live Free.

A recent goal of Live Free was to get police officers off of the campuses of Oakland public schools and create a more welcoming environment for students and families. Kerr said that his support of the organization was painted by many of his conservative critics on social media as part of a radical, leftist agenda.

“I’ve never made a comment about defunding the police. And in fact, I think it’s a terribly misleading phrase to say defund the police. Uh, I was referring to schools, right, and the Oakland city school in particular, after listening to parents and teachers. But this is the kind of nuance and complexity that gets lost in today’s world. So I’m taking all kinds of shit right now for being the guy who wants to defund the police. I happen to think the police should be reimagined, not defunded.”

Hill wanted to get Kerr’s take on the broadcasting world. Before making the move into coaching, Kerr was a game analyst for TNT. His forward Draymond Green took his first steps into the media space during the NBA restart. Hill asked if Kerr saw a future in broadcasting for Green.

“He’s a natural – he will be whenever he wants – he’ll be a network analyst and he’ll do it for as long as he wants. He’s just really good. He knows the game. He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around and he can talk. So it’s a pretty good combination.”

Kerr would go on to say he sees Green following a similar path as Charles Barkley. He noted that while Barkley is recognized as one of the great basketball players ever, he might be better as a broadcaster. Kerr says he wouldn’t be surprised if we talk the same way about Draymond Green when his playing days are done.

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Bomani Jones: ‘Tim Anderson Asked Me To Interview Him’

“I got to comport myself in such a way that dudes I cover respect me, if I want them to talk to me. I have to go the extra mile in terms of earning respect if I want to have these cats listen to me.”



Josh Donaldson and Tim Anderson were all over the news last week after the two exchanged words during the Yankees-White Sox series. Over the course of two days, an altercation between the two started a bench-clearing brawl, and then a second altercation occurred when Donaldson called Tim Anderson “Jackie,” a reference to Jackie Robinson.

Bomani Jones was one of the few people in the media to land an on-camera interview with Anderson for his podcast, The Right Time, where they got a chance to discuss what really took place during that moment.

Donaldson’s “Jackie” comment was a reference to a Sports Illustrated article from 2019 in which Anderson referred to himself as being similar to the Dodgers Hall of Famer. Anderson said publicly that it may have been a joke to Donaldson, but it did not feel that way to him.

On Friday’s edition of his show, former NFL player and current ESPN NFL analyst Domonique Foxworth asked Jones how he landed an interview with Anderson. Jones said Anderson was the one pursuing him.

“He sent me a DM and was like yo, I want to talk,” Jones said to Foxworth. “I not gonna lie to y’all, he was hoping to not have to do media availability so we were sitting on it because we wanted it to be the big surprise, we wanted to drop the big joker when all the spades have been played.”

The trust level between an athlete and a reporter is arguably the most important thing for any journalist. Jones said he has had to build that trust in a different way from many in his position.

“I didn’t come up reporting, I wasn’t on the ground. And so I am in a lot of ways the dude sitting in his house popping off at people. I get every criticism that comes with that, so as a result, I got to comport myself in such a way that dudes I cover respect me, if I want them to talk to me. I have to go the extra mile in terms of earning respect if I want to have these cats listen to me. So for me it feels good when something like that happens because it means my goal, at least with that one person has been achieved.”

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John Skipper: ‘Tom Brady is a Very Expensive Trophy for FOX’

“I think for Tom Brady’s pride, he had to be paid the most money because he is the greatest of all-time.”



The NFL broadcasting world went through a series of massive changes this offseason. Outside of the No. 1 crew at CBS (Jim Nantz and Tony Romo), every other network will have new faces appear on our television screens during game days.

Out of the large amounts of money being thrown around at various networks in the industry, it was Tom Brady’s massive 10-year,  $375-million broadcasting deal with FOX that turned a lot of heads. Not only does the deal indicate that the seven-time Super Bowl champ will be retiring in the very near future, but some, including Dan Le Batard, wondered why such a fortune was being given to someone who has “never said anything interesting'” during his career in the NFL.

During the “local hour” of his popular show on Thursday, Le Batard welcomed former ESPN president and his Meadowlark Media partner, John Skipper. He expressed a similar.

“There’s very little economic value. He’s a very, very expensive trophy,” Skipper said on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “I think he’ll probably be okay on the game. It doesn’t really matter that much other than for pride and I guess he’ll shake advertisers’ hands.”

To put into context how massive Brady’s deal is, the future Hall of Famer will not only be making more in 10-years than he has throughout his entire 20+ year NFL career ($302.96 million in total earnings) but he will also be leapfrogging broadcast vet Troy Aikman–getting paid twice the amount of the former Cowboys QBs’ new deal with ESPN.

 “I think for Tom Brady’s pride, he had to be paid the most money because he is the greatest of all-time,” Skipper said.

Skipper continues to add that the money FOX gave Brady could’ve been put to better use, making a more significant impact in other areas of the business, including securing live event rights.

He then brought up Mike Tirico, who called Monday Night Football at ESPN during Skipper’s tenure at the network. No matter how much faith he had in the play-by-play man, Skipper said he didn’t feel the need to overspend on a partner to help him shine.

“I put Mike Tirico in the booth and thought he did an outstanding job, but I would not have paid any ex-player $15, $20, or $25 million to sit next to him.”

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North Carolina Lawmakers Expect Mobile Sports Betting By Football Season

“North Carolina’s neighbors, including Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, have already legalized mobile sports betting.”



It is already legal to place bets in North Carolina on sporting events. It is just incredibly difficult. Bets can only be made inside of 2 Cherokee casinos in the western part of the state. That could change before football season.

The State Senate, which is politically divided, passed SB 688 last year. If it makes it through the State House, it would become law and North Carolinians could then theoretically place bets online legally.

SB 88 was sponsored by Paul Lowe, a Democrat from Forsyth County. He told WRAL-TV in Raleigh that he is optimistic about what will happen in the House.

“We just want to make sure we have drummed up the votes, and I think we have,” he said. “I feel confident about it.”

North Carolina’s neighbors, including Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, have already legalized mobile sports betting.

Politically, North Carolina is considered a purple state. That is showing up in the effort to legalize mobile wagering. One of the bill’s biggest advocates in the House is Jason Saine, a Republican from Lincoln County.

“We’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve not heard any new opposition,” he told WRAL. “I think we have a pretty smooth glide path once we do kind of start rolling into session.”

The state’s Lottery Commission would oversee sports gambling. If the SB 688 is passed, operators would pay $500,000 for a five-year license, which can be renewed for $100,000. They would also pay an 8% tax on adjusted gross revenue. Both of those numbers are low compared to other states.

“Once we pass this bill, there’s some tweaks we’re going to do,” Lowe said. “But right now we’re just trying to get it out of the chute.”

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