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.”
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”
Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool
“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.
Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.
“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.
No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.