Chris Long: Marcellus Wiley’s Comments Are Why Players Suffer Silently
“The point of this is avoiding the next thing we didn’t see. If everyone was talking like Marcellus Wiley, nobody would be talking about this stuff.”
Last week, one of the main topics in the NFL was players dealing with mental health issues. On his show, Speak For Yourself, Marcellus Wiley responded to Lane Johnson’s decision to retire and Calvin Ridley stepping away from the game for mental health reasons by saying the NFL isn’t for people who are physically or mentally weak.
Chris Long played with Lane Johnson in Philadelphia in 2017 and 2018 and responded back to Wiley with a tweet by defending his teammate as Long took issue with the way that mental health and mental weakness was combined.
Chris Long decided to take time on his Friday podcast, Green Light With Chris Long, to address Wiley publicly because according to Long, Wiley’s words “made [his] blood boil.”
As Long continues to try to raise awareness about of mental health issues, he hopes that not everyone ends up talking like Wiley. He said it will only hurt the situation.
“The point of this is avoiding the next thing we didn’t see. If everyone was talking like Marcellus Wiley, nobody would be talking about this stuff. Then, we would have more guys who struggle silently and then snap. That’s what we are trying to avoid. He was teammates with Junior Seau, which is part of the thing which respectfully I did not get when I heard that.”
Nothing Marcellus Wiley said indicated that he knew specifics of either Lane Johnson’s or Calvin Ridley’s struggles. According to Chris Long, speaking about these issues without an informed point of view does not help.
“I think when it comes to these situations, the point that we are missing here, some of us, is I don’t think it’s necessary that you give guys or girls gold medals when they talk about this shit, but you have to just respect their mental health. That’s literally it. If you don’t know anything about their situation, maybe just respect it.”
Long said that Wiley was welcome to come on the show and further talk about his comments. He thought about sending him a direct message but decided not to because Wiley didn’t direct message Johnson on Twitter.
“I totally respect what that show’s about. You got to do your numbers, you got to get your clicks, and sometimes you got to go to work and say some disingenuous shit, I get that. But, when it crosses over and it touches someone personally that’s in the business that you are commenting on, people are not going to respond well to it…Sometimes, it’s ok to be pissed off at some dumb s**t you heard on the internet. Doesn’t mean I don’t respect Marcellus or like him…Just give these guys their respect right now and the next guys won’t have to struggle quietly.”
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Dave Portnoy: I Trust Penn Entertainment as Much as Ever
“Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.”
Dave Portnoy may have had some public disagreements with Penn Entertainment, but he says that he still trusts the company to run Barstool. He took to Twitter earlier this week to dispel the myth that he is in a feud with the company.
“By the way everything I say or do nowadays is construed as me having beef with @PENNEntertain I 100% do not. Most of my net worth is still tied to $penn. The corporate woke overlord narrative is bullshit. They woulda never bought us in 1st place if that was true. I trust them now as much as when they bought us.”
Portnoy has not been shy about criticizing the company’s decision to fire Ben Mintz after Mintz said the n-word while reading rap lyrics. Several supporters, including Dana White, noted that it is the kind of decision that only happens when corporations take over creative enterprises.
Earlier this week, Dave Portnoy announced that he had hired Ben Mintz as the first employee of Brick Watch Company. Mintz was emotional in making the announcement. The decision was not made to stick it to Penn Entertainment according to Portnoy.
Penn first acquired a stake in Barstool in 2020. It invested $163 million at that time for a 36% stake. Earlier this year, it completed its acquisition, investing an addition $388 million for the remaining 62% of the company.
Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.
Multiple State Regulators Push Back on Effort to Legalize Gambling on WWE
“In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.”
Despite speculation over allowing sports bettors to wager on WWE, there doesn’t appear to be much support at the state level to add it to sportsbook offerings.
Earlier this year, WWE officials had discussions with accounting firm Ernst and Young to secure pre-determined match outcomes in order to allow betting on events. But many states where sports betting is legal have restrictions on wagering on scripted events.
In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.
“The Colorado Division of Gaming is not currently and has not considered allowing sports betting wagers on WWE matches. By statute, wagers on events with fixed or predicted outcomes or purely by chance are strictly prohibited in Colorado; this includes wagers on the Academy Awards,” Shannon Gray of the Colorado Division of Gaming told Sports Betting Dime.
In Ohio, the same rules apply. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has not fielded any requests to add WWE. Officials in Kansas haven’t received requests either by their residents.
Elsewhere, Maryland sees keeping WWE out of betting offerings as a way to keep the integrity of legal sports betting.
“Maryland’s sports wagering law and regulations prohibit forms of wagering that are contrary to public interest or unfair to bettors,” Seth Elkin of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency added. “We’ve determined that it is unfair to bettors and therefore not in the public’s interest to accept wagers on sports entertainment events that have scripted or predetermined outcomes, like professional wrestling.”
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Former Twitter Sports Boss TJ Adeshola Joins Arctos Partners
“We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
Less than two months after TJ Adeshola announced his exit from Twitter, he has resurfaced. Arctos Partners, a firm that he had been advising, named Adeshola an operating partner on Thursday.
In the new role, Adeshola will be much more hands-on with the firm, a private investment company that focuses its investments in the sports world. The firm says it focuses on unlocking “non-obvious opportunities long before others have noticed the market need or opportunity”.
TJ Adeshola’s digital sports marketing expertise will certainly come in handy with that.
“We believe TJ is an innovator in emerging digital and sports media trends, and his wealth of knowledge is a tremendous resource for our Arctos Operating Platform, the value-added capabilities we provide to our franchise partners,” Arctos’s Jordan Solomon said in a press release. “We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
During his decade with Twitter, Adeshola served as the Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships. His title was Head of Global Content Partnerships at the time of his exit.
He is credited with securing broad strategic partnerships with the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS as well as NASCAR, esports, college, and high school sports. He helped the platform grow the engagement and audience for those entities.
“I’m thrilled to expand my role with Arctos as an Operating Partner,” Adeshola added. “As the first investment firm to invest across multiple North American sports leagues, Arctos is an innovator and disruptor in the sports landscape. And true to form, the Arctos team recognizes the power of digital media as a tool for growth and an opportunity to drive value for its franchise partners.”