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.
NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media
“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.
New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.
Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.
The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.
Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts
“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.
“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”
The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.
Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.
“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”
Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field
“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”
Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.
The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.
The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.
Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.
According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.
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