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Landry Locker Can’t Believe WFAN’s Reaction to Deshaun Watson

“Landry Locker was surprised at Carton’s autocratic demeanor pertaining to this topic, and reminded listeners of Carton’s past experiences and how they may have contributed to his opinion.”

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The NFL trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday afternoon, and while there were several notable trades around the league, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was not among the players dealt. The Miami Dolphins were rumored to have interest in acquiring the 26-year-old former first-round draft pick, who has not played this season amid 22 women suing him for sexual misconduct. Watson is a 3x Pro Bowler and during his time at Clemson, led the Tigers to a national championship in 2016.

On Wednesday morning, In The Loop on SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Texas reacted to the thoughts of other sports radio hosts on Watson remaining a member of the Houston Texans, honing in on a particularly-animated scene on Carton and Roberts in New York.

“They’re arguing about Deshaun Watson in other cities now, and it is causing friction in the most chaotic media scenes there are,” said Landry Locker, co-host of the morning drive program. “If you think things are uneasy around here, this is what’s going on elsewhere at possible Deshaun Watson destinations after the trade deadline came and went.”

To recap the situation, Craig Carton and Evan Roberts began a debate on their show yesterday as to which quarterback would be a better long-term fit for the New York Football Giants: Watson, or “Mr. Unlimited” Russell Wilson. Carton believed Watson would be the best option for the Giants, who enter Week 9 with a 2-6 record on the season and have not made the playoffs since the 2016 season. Conversely, Roberts believed the 32-year-old Wilson, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and won the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, would be the better fit for the team. To break the tie, the show asked its Associate Producer, Chris McMonigle, to give his opinion, and, needless to say, his answer caused an uproar in the Big Apple.

“Russell Wilson,” said McMonigle.

“You’re disgusting,” said Carton. “Go home for the rest of the day — honestly. I’d like you to get up, go home and rethink your position on this show sir… Pack up your stuff! Pack it up.”

WFAN’s social media team filmed McMonigle as he left the station’s downtown studios, capturing his on-street reaction for all to see via social media.

“He gave me the boot,” said an indignant McMonigle. “[I] can’t even have an opinion around here — This guy’s a tyrant. And I’m tired of it. [The] joke’s on him — you think I want to stay there? I’ll see you tomorrow when I’ll still think Russell Wilson is the better quarterback.”

Landry Locker was surprised at Carton’s autocratic demeanor pertaining to this topic, and reminded listeners of Carton’s past experiences and how they may have contributed to his opinion.

“They followed him out of the studio — this is what’s happening in New York,” said Landry. “And you’re telling me that you wanted to trade Deshaun Watson yesterday to the effing Miami Dolphins without New York even [being] in the mix? This is a guy who is a sexual survivor; [Craig Carton] was molested as a kid.. You can see the documentary on HBO. He wants Deshaun Watson in New York. He kicked a guy off the show.”

As for the situation on the gridiron, In The Loop co-host John P. Lopez wishes that Watson’s talent could be displayed again for fans of the National Football League to enjoy on a weekly basis.

“It’s an absolute waste of a supreme talent in the prime of his career,” said Lopez. “It’s sad that we are missing out on this for an entire year. You know you’d love to have seen Deshaun Watson on a football field.”

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Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”

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A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.

During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.

“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.

“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”

Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.

The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”

“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”

“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.

“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”

After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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