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Paul Daugherty Defends Question to Naomi Osaka On Tony Kornheiser Show

“For Daugherty, it was not a question that he hasn’t asked before to a professional athlete as he mentioned he once asked the very same thing to Pete Sampras.”

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Over at The Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio this week, the main storyline was Naomi Osaka doing her first press conference since the French Open. The world’s number two tennis player on the WTA Tour was asked a question by Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer that has been criticized by some. 

Here is video from the press conference earlier this week in case you missed it courtesy of The Guardian:

Daugherty was on The Tony Kornehiser Show this week in what is a rare interview for him about the topic. The first question Kornheiser asked him was why he wanted to write about Osaka, who has been one of the lead advocates for mental health and social justice, and the origin of how he came up with the question he asked her that has drawn backlash: 

“The obvious focus of my question was how do you balance the fact that you are not especially comfortable in the press conference setting nor dealing with media generally with the fact that you have an incredibly large platform from which to spread your ideas not only about anything you want to sell…but also she has an acute social conscience,” Dauerghty said. “How do you reconcile the two being media shy but also needing and using and having people handle you push your multiple platforms/agendas? Logical question as far as I am concerned.”

For Daugherty, it was not a question that he hasn’t asked before to a professional athlete as he mentioned he once asked the very same thing to Pete Sampras. In fact, he was so pleased with how Osaka answered his question that he did something in his column that he rarely ever does.

“After a while, she asked me to repeat the question twice. She gave a very thoughtful answer. It was such a good answer, Tony, that I just quoted her verbatim in the column, which is something I almost never do. I thought her answer made her a little more human to lots of people who aren’t familiar with her story, enlightened people as to why she felt the way she did. I thought it was great. She did not cry while giving that answer, she didn’t walk out of the press conference after giving that answer.”

 Some of the backlash from the interview came from Osaka’s agent, who said that Paul Daugherty was a bully for asking his question and he said if it was the other way around, legal action would have been taken.

“I was accused of bullying by her agent. Said it was appalling what I did, the question that I asked, and I was a big reason why athletes don’t like talking with the media. The guy basically libeled me Tony in a tweet. If I had written about an athlete what he wrote about me, we would be preparing to go to court and I would be the defendant in a lawsuit.”

In the end, Daugherty doesn’t believe athletes have a responsibility to talk to him and he is disappointed with the way he and the back and forth with Naomi Osaka have been portrayed.

“I’ve never said that athletes have any responsibility at all to talk to me. The only thing I don’t want them to do is complain about what I write if they don’t want to talk to me. Don’t complain after the fact if you didn’t talk to me the first go around. They don’t really owe me anything. I’m not confrontational, which is why the bullying thing was so-off base.”

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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