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Michael Rapaport Continues Milking Kevin Durant Fight For Publicity

“On Monday, Rapaport continued the media rounds, first joining The Howard Stern Show, later he appeared on FS1’s Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.”

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Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 for private messages he sent to Michael Rapaport, while the actor and comedian is still trying to cash in on the incident.

On Monday, Rapaport continued the media rounds, first joining The Howard Stern Show, later he appeared on FS1’s Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. And if you heard Rapaport yelling at Gary Dell’Abate on Stern, you’d struggle to buy his emotional appearance with Undisputed as anything more than a performance.

But nonetheless, Rapaport did join the FS1 show, seemingly in search of sympathy over the incident with Durant.

“I went to the dog park with my dog and people…they don’t want to play with my dog Wheezy,” Rapaport said as he apparently fought back tears. “And you know, I went to my coffee shop and they said ‘not today cupcake,’ and it’s weird, it’s like why are you calling my cupcake?”

The continued media tour for Rapaport comes after he posted a video last Friday, saying he now feels bad about the incident with Durant. 

“I feel bad about it,” Rapaport said shortly after the NBA fined Durant for using offensive language in the direct messages. “I feel bad about my involvement in the situation. I feel bad that it’s gotten this far. I met him one time. It was cool, cordial. I’m a fan. I met him as a fan.”

The vulgar messages 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 Rapaport made the DMs public, Durant seemed surprised, tweeting “Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed….My bad mike, damn!!”

“It’s not the first time I’ve posted people’s DMs, it’s funny, when people are saying anti-Semitic things about me, saying racist things about me, threatened me and they’re Joe Schmos, everybody loves it,” Rapaport added. “But when it was Durant, people have 400 opinions.”

Sharing DMs might not be something Rapaport continues to do, noting that he “lived and learned from this situation,” and has dealt with ramifications, later describing the dog park reaction.

Ultimately, Durant gave a half-hearted apology when asked about the situation and was fined $50,000 by the NBA. Durant might have thought he had a relationship with Rapaport that welcomed that kind of back and forth, but according to the actor, the language went beyond friendly banter. 

Rapaport is getting a tremendous amount of publicity over the incident that cost Durant a measly $50,000. He continues to make media rounds and bring more attention to the issue despite complaining about the public’s reaction toward him. I’m not sure if the attention will land him more acting gigs, but it’s certainly burying the lawsuit he lost last week to Barstool Sports. 

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JJ Redick Confirms He Will No Longer be Podcasting

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers made it official as they named former ESPN basketball analyst and podcaster JJ Redick their new head coach. Redick starred at Duke and had a 15-year NBA career, but has no real basketball coaching experience.

Redick was moved up to the No. 1 NBA broadcast team on ESPN and ABC with Mike Breen and Doris Burke. This was after Doc Rivers had taken the position but then left to become the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition to working the games, Redick was doing a couple of podcasts. One of those, Mind the Game, was co-hosted by LeBron James whose relationship with Redick couldn’t have hurt his chances in getting the position. Regardless, Redick’s podcasting days are over for now.

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts,” Redick said in response to a question at his opening press conference. “We’ll do something when I have a breather from what we have coming up. I am going to be drinking out of a fire hose for the next month but at some point, we’ll just do something for all the people that listened and have a small little video. But I’m done with podcasting for now.”

The 40-year-old Redick said in a release, “I am incredibly humbled to join the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most iconic and successful sports franchises in the world. This opportunity for me is all about service to the players, team and organization. I want to express my utmost appreciation to Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka and the entire Lakers front office. My goal will focus on delivering championship-caliber basketball for Lakers fans everywhere, building on the tremendous history and legacy of the Lakers. I am excited to surround myself with a veteran, innovative staff as we work relentlessly to develop individual players and maximize the team’s potential. My family and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for this new chapter in our lives and look forward to immersing ourselves in the vibrant Los Angeles community.” 

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Greg Cote Addresses Florida Panthers Ahead of Stanley Cup Final Game 7

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team.”

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Earlier in the month, Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote wrote a column delineating the Florida Panthers run to the Stanley Cup Final in which he called Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid overrated. McDavid, who is the consensus best player in the National Hockey League, posted 132 points on 32 goals and 100 assists in the 2023 regular season and has 42 points in 24 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

McDavid has made history with the fourth-most points in a single NHL playoffs of all time and will look to help the Oilers claim a Stanley Cup championship in a pivotal Game 7 on Monday night. Cote appeared on Monday’s edition of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz where the matchup was at the center of discussion and the implications it has on both organizations.

The Panthers previously led the Stanley Cup Final three games to none; however, the Oilers have rallied to win the last three contests to force the series to a win-or-go-home Game 7. The matchup will be played tonight from Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Fla. at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and streaming on ESPN+. Cote has received backlash from Panthers fans on social media after calling McDavid overrated and the team proceeding to forsake a three-game lead.

Moreover, various hockey programs, including the ESPN on ABC broadcast’s intermission report, have made mention of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and the narrative surrounding the team. Cote, however, was recently contacted by the Panthers organization for a different reason as the team faces a critical final game.

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team – to give the team a little pep talk, preparatory to the biggest Game 7 in the history of the biggest Game 7s,” Cote explained, “and so I did.”

Cote outlined his address to the team on the most recent edition of The Greg Cote Show and branded it akin to an edition of Hard Knocks, the HBO and NFL Films program, focused on hockey.

Meadowlark Media producer Mike Ryan, a diehard Panthers fan with whom Cote has been in disagreement with of late on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, explained that he would listen to the show and wishes that he could enjoy the Stanley Cup Playoffs more at the moment. Furthermore, he expressed that he was in his youth when the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, ending a 54-year championship drought and cementing the team in hockey lore.

“I don’t think I’d look back on it [and go], ‘Wow, what a cool time,’” Ryan conveyed. “I don’t think I’d be able to separate myself from the pain if they actually make history and blow this, but this is the biggest hockey game of our lifetime.”

Le Batard was surprised to hear that Ryan is preparing for a loss and stated that he would not be able to diminish the level of disappointment should it actualize. Ryan does not believe that preparing for a loss is going to make it hurt any less if it ends up happening. Last week, Ryan threatened to quit Meadowlark Media if Le Batard followed through on a plan to put up billboards in Edmonton and took issue with how the show was covering the Panthers.

“People know how much I care, and I’d like to thank everybody that didn’t text me over the weekend because they knew what kind of state I was in,” Ryan said. “Dude, all the blood left my face, and I don’t think it’s come back yet. I am a zombie.”

“It is a terrifying thing, and I love terror with your sports,” Le Batard replied. “I love caring so much that it is unreasonable; caring so much that you have a hard time getting it out of your head.”

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OutKick Adding Show with Ricky Cobb of Super 70’s Sports

“Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content.”

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OutKick announced today that it has added Ricky Cobb, the man behind @Super70sSports, as the host of a new daily show set to debut later this summer. The show will be an extension of Cobb’s trademark humor and vast expertise in both sports and culture, which he showcases every day on his popular Twitter account, @Super70sSports.

Aside from his own show, Cobb will also be featured on various OutKick programs such as Don’t @ Me with Dan Dakich, OutKick The Morning with Charly Arnolt, OutKick The Show with Clay Travis, and Hot Mic with Jonathan Hutton & Chad Withrow. Currently residing in Chicago, Cobb gained recognition for his creation of the popular @Super70sSports in 2013, solidifying himself as a unique and genuine comedic talent in America.

OutKick Senior Vice President and Managing Editor Gary Schreier said in a release, “We’re extremely excited to be working with Ricky. Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content. OutKick just got even smarter, funnier and more entertaining.”

“This show makes the natural connection between the deep passion for sports, culture, and humor I’m known for on X with my two-decade background as a college sociology professor,” Cobb said. “The things I’ve prioritized most in my professional life are entertaining people and sparking critical thought and discussion. To do both on a daily basis is nothing less than a dream come true, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring my voice and perspective to OutKick.”

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