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Bomani Jones: I Knew Aaron Rodgers Wasn’t Vaccinated A Month Ago

“All I’m saying is If someone told me, there is no way in the world that nobody else had any idea that this was taking place.”

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Many sports media personalities have discussed and criticized Aaron Rodgers’ comments from earlier this offseason that he was “immunized” after he tested positive for COVID-19 this week. People have tried to figure out who to blame the most between Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers, and the NFL, but Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth decided to look at it a different way. 

On the Friday edition of The Right Time With Bomani Jones podcast, Jones told his listeners that he did know over a month ago that Rodgers was not vaccinated.

“I was told over a month ago that he was not vaccinated. In fact, we played the music over it once…The way that it all got reported out that he had gone to some homeopathic person to give him something and he tried some technique and he tried to present some lab results to prove that he was, I was up on this over a month ago, but I was not in a position to report it. I’m not that guy. I didn’t have all of that…All I’m saying is If someone told me, there is no way in the world that nobody else had any idea that this was taking place.” 

In Jones’s opinion, he believes the media has some culpability in being deceived by Rodgers because they didn’t push harder on the response the QB gave back in August and for not asking further about his vaccination status.

“I am saying though that collectively as a media, we got got in a way that we can’t blame on Aaron Rodgers,” Jones said. “I am not saying that Aaron Rodgers did not lie about this, but I am saying the people who are trained to see through lies, he did not run a fast one on us either.”

Meanwhile, Foxworth made the point that while Rodgers was trying to be deceptive, it may not have benefitted anyone covering the team to call him out.

“We know that in sports media and I guess a lot of different media, there is importance to have good relationships with people that you are covering. Reporters are willing to burn those relationships for a story that they believe is worth it. If you are a local reporter for the Packers and you got to talk to Aaron Rodgers everyday, that ain’t the one…To me, it’s like somebody asked me did you eat? Yes, I consumed, which could have meant I had some water, but that doesn’t mean I ate something. That to me feels very deceptive.”

The two of them also dove into why Rodgers isn’t getting as much criticism as Kyrie Irving got for not being vaccinated: 

“The reason why you wouldn’t ridicule Rodgers I guess is also the reason why I respect Kyrie a little bit more because Kyrie got principles. They are garbage, but they are principles and I can respect your garbage principles. He stood up and said look at me, this is what I’m doing and I will pay the price for my consequences. I can respect that,” said Foxworth.

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Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts

“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.

“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”

The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.

Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.

“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”

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Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field

“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”

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Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.

The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.

The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.

Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.

According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.

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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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