Outkick founder Clay Travis made headlines on the Brian Kilmeade Show regarding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“He also didn’t write that book” Travis said referring to Kaepernick’s self-published book, which is set to be released this fall. “The idea that Colin Kaepernick’s sitting there in front of a laptop adjusting or writing any words at all would be stunning to me.”
Clay Travis said Kaepernick is “maybe making more money saying America is awful than anyone in the history of the United States” and that he doesn’t think “Colin Kaepernick has aided the discussion in any way in this country.” Travis has been employed by Fox since 2014 and last month the media giant acquired Outkick, furthering its relationship with the Nashville-based pundit.
The discussion between Travis and Kilmeade can be seen below.
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Boomer Esiason: Dave Portnoy, Washington Post Article ‘Classic Example of Cancel Culture’
“The last one he gave a negative review, and the next thing you know, the place is packed.”
Dave Portnoy caught wind of a piece that was being written about him by The Washington Post pertaining to a pizza festival Barstool Sports is holding in Brooklyn, N.Y. this Saturday. Instead of watching the piece be published, he decided to contact the reporter, food writer Emily Heil, who was seeking comment from advertisers involved in the festival. In an email, she wrote that Portnoy “has a history of misogynistic comments and other problematic behavior,” a statement the Barstool founder and owner felt was “tortious interference.”
When Portnoy called Heil, she initially denied that she had written an email about Portnoy to sponsors about the story. After Portnoy read it back to her, she confirmed that it had indeed been done in order to get people to respond, asserting that negative commentary elicits more responses than its counterpart. WFAN host Gregg Giannotti described the occurrence on the Boomer & Gio morning show on Thursday, prompting co-host Boomer Esiason to give his genuine reaction to what had happened.
“Classic, classic example of cancel culture,” Esiason said. “She’s using her platform as a Washington Post reporter – that’s her backstop – and she’s sending out an email from that email address and she’s basically associating him with something she thinks he is. It’s the absolute obvious cancel, I guess, cancel culture syndrome if you will.”
Giannotti made mention of the fact that Portnoy has raised $50 million for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic through his “Barstool Fund.” Moreover, he articulated how the entrepreneur has helped pizza places through reviewing them, even if he does not grant every restaurant a high score. Portnoy’s “One Bite” videos garner millions of views on social media and have become a trusted source of information pertaining to local outlets.
“The last one he gave a negative review,” Esiason said, referring to Dragon Pizza in Somerville, Mass., “and the next thing you know, the place is packed.”
Watching the incident unfold in real time through Portnoy’s recording of the phone call and videos on social media was fascinating for Esiason and Giannotti. The call ended with him agreeing to be interviewed by The Washington Post at 10 a.m. on Thursday; however, the reporter canceled the call and asked to reschedule after details of the interaction became public knowledge.
I Caught Wind That The Washington Post Was Writing A Hit Piece About Me And My Pizzafest So I Did What I Do. I Went on the Offensive pic.twitter.com/5oK2zJqVAs
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 20, 2023
“This is a really bad look on her part and the whole industry’s part,” Esiason said. “She’s trying to impart her feelings into a question to get people to respond. What she’s really doing is probably trying to get them to pull out of sponsoring the pizza fest.”
Both hosts believe that Heil is taking advantage of her platform as a reporter for The Washington Post in an attempt to thwart their business because of her own aversion to its practices. The disclosure of this ordeal is somewhat disturbing for them, acknowledging how it is extraordinary that something of this magnitude is taking place out in the open
“This is not someone writing, ‘This is what I think of this guy,’” Giannotti explained. “She said she’s doing reporting, so when you do reporting and throw out there, ‘This guy’s got a history of misogynistic and problematic behavior….’”
“And she doesn’t take into account the Barstool employees,” Esiason added, “[who are] the people that are benefiting from the pizza fest and all the stuff that he’s done for small business because she doesn’t like the way that Barstool does its business.”
Sports Media Reacts to Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo Taking THC Gummies & Watching College Football
Over on First Take on Wednesday, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo turned some heads when he was given the floor by Molly Qerim to talk about his plans for this weekend.
Mad Dog, host Stephen A. Smith and Marcus Spears were talking about Saturday’s matchup between Colorado and Oregon, when Qerim told Russo to share with Stephen A., Marcus and America what he told Molly about the weekend.
Russo proceeded to lay out his tentative schedule for Saturday, which involves taking a THC gummy, drinking cocktails and betting $10,000 on the Buffaloes to beat the Ducks in Eugene.
Naturally, Russo’s moment captured the attention of plenty in sports media.
But almost seemingly more so than what Russo actually said, social media had some fun with the facial expressions of Spears.
Even Spears had to chime in himself.
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Travis Rodgers: ‘I’m a Little Skeptical’ of Netflix Sports Documentaries
Netflix on Wednesday released a trailer for an upcoming four-part docuseries on soccer legend David Beckham, and 710 ESPN host Travis Rodgers isn’t sure how to feel about it.
On Travis & Sliwa on Wednesday, Rodgers explained that on the one hand, he’s going to check the series out so that he can potentially learn something new about a superstar athlete he wasn’t all that familiar with. On the other hand, not having that familiarity will prevent him from maybe looking at the show with a little more critical eye.
“I don’t know anything about him other than he’s wildly famous and married to a Spice Girl,” he said. “That’s really all I know about him. So I won’t have the base of knowledge to say, ‘Ehh that’s not quite how that went.'”
Travis added that other Netflix series like Untold has made him leery of having high expectations.
“They’re so deeply flawed that I just can assume that this one will be too,” he said. “I’m a little skeptical when that brand is on it, what’s actually in it.”
Rodgers explained that he would much rather have a series that tells stories from different angles rather than perhaps a one-sided story from one person.
“We’ve entered this phase of sports documentaries where the participants are involved in them I’m instantly skeptical of what’s in it,” he said. “Because do you think Michael Jordan would have ever done something like The Last Dance if he didn’t have sign-off on it? Of course not he’s Michael Jordan and he probably doesn’t need to. But the biographies that we see of famous people that are not just unauthorized hatchet jobs but that take a story and tell it from this side, that side and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.”