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Michael Rapaport Calls Into Michael Kay Show To Explain Kevin Durant Feud

“According to Rapaport, High Pitch Erik of The Howard Stern Show and Cameo fame alerted him that Kay, Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg were discussing his social media quarrel.”

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It’s been a busy week for Michael Rapaport. After his defamation lawsuit against Barstool Sports was tossed by a United States District Court Judge, Rapaport tarnished Kevin Durant’s reputation by sharing offensive direct messages from the Brooklyn Nets star forward.

Tuesday evening, Rapaport called into The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN New York to discuss the incident. According to Rapaport, High Pitch Erik of The Howard Stern Show and Cameo fame alerted him that Kay, Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg were discussing his social media quarrel.

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The DMs in question took place over multiple conversations between Durant and Rapaport, beginning after the Nets forward was short with Charles Barkley and TNT’s Inside the NBA crew during a postgame interview last December. 

After the interview, Rapaport tweeted that Durant is “super sensitive about everything.” Durant slid into Rapaport’s DMs the next morning with, “U a bitch…”

Throughout the ensuing months, Durant’s replies and insults became more vulgar, as shown by the images Rapaport shared on Twitter. 

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According to Rapaport, he became friendly with Durant during the former MVP’s final season in Golden State. He also noted to The Michael Kay Show, that some of his responses to Durant’s DMs were removed from the shared images. 

“I first thought he was talking crap how he talks crap,” Rapaport told The Kay Show, noting that he was filtering himself for terrestrial radio. “So, during that exchange, it went from friendly banter to he made threats, the threats that you read.”

“And what’s excluded from the responses is me basically going, ‘Is this dude serious?’” Rapaport continued. “And then I told him, ‘You’re not doing anything to me. You must not know who I am. You’re doing nothing to me. And if I see you, you’re doing nothing to me. And I promise you you’re doing nothing to me. And I’ll meet you anyplace, anytime. I’ll come courtside to your games. You, Kevin Durant, are doing nothing to me.’”

There was more foul language in Rapaport’s responses to Durant as the two continued their private message conversations. The final one coming Wednesday, when Rapaport believes Durant crossed a line by mentioning his wife, which drove the actor and comedian to make the DMs public. 

“He started a conversation by saying, ‘I’m gonna spit in your face,’ You’re not spitting in my face,” Rapaport told The Kay Show. “That’s not friendly banter. If I go, ‘Oh, Peter Rosenberg, yo, you look like you put on some weight,’ that’s ball-breaking. You’re not telling me we’re gonna spit in my face and then bring up my wife and think we’re cool. We’re not cool. We’re not cool.”

Rapaport rashly attempted to rationalize why Durant might have gone from friendly banter to unacceptable threats. 

“I don’t know what he got his hands on out there in Brooklyn. I know he’s on pain medication,” Rapaport said. “I don’t know. Who knows? I’m not saying anything. I’m just saying maybe he’s bored.”

Maybe Durant really did believe nothing was off limits with Rapaport, knowing the comedian has shot his fair share of insults. After Rapaport shared the DMs, Durant gave a half-hearted apology. 

“Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed….My bad mike, damn!!” Durant tweeted.

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Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak

“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

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Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.

Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.

“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.

“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.

In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.

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Shan & RJ: We Have Questions About Jerry Jones But Washington Post Report Isn’t One of Them

“We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the headlines last week ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game, but it was largely seen as something that didn’t need to be dragged out into the spotlight, and 105.3 The Fan hosts Shan and RJ agreed.

The Washington Post last week published a photo from 1957 showing a 14-year-old Jones among a crowd of onlookers as white students tried to block the path of some Black students attempting to enter his North Little Rock, Arkansas high school.

The piece focused on Jones, who is the Cowboys general manager, never hiring a Black head coach in the entire time he’s owned the franchise.

On Monday, Shan Shariff said it seemed a bit much to use that photo and article to paint Jones as some sort of racist.

“There’s certainly a bunch of stories out there that we know on and off the record about Jerry Jones that makes me question his morals,” he said. “We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

Cowboys insider Bobby Belt, who was filling in for co-host RJ Choppy on Shan & RJ, said Jones has likely evolved like a lot of people do over time. He didn’t think it was fair to necessarily say Jones was racist.

“I’m not gonna speak for anyone else but I don’t believe he’s racist,” Belt said. “I think there are enough people who have dealt with him who are African American who would tell you they don’t think he’s racist. But it’s still not a thing that you can just write off to ‘Oh I was just standing there.'”

Jones admitted to the Post that his football coach at the time told him and other players not to get involved or be among the crowd for that moment, but he went anyway.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

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For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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