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Sam Mayes Fired After Audio Of Racist Conversation Surfaces

“Mayes says he is “heartbroken” that he didn’t get the chance to address the comments, make amends, or be a part of any healing or training sessions.”

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Sam Mayes is out at 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Audio of a conversation between himself and a co-worker making racist remarks about Native Americans was sent to members of the Oklahoma media anonymously.

The audio, which has been obtained by Barrett Sports Media, is accompanied by a note that claims it was a “hot mic” situation.

Mayes issued an audio statement on Twitter and says that is not true. He says it was a private conversation between himself and Cara Rice in 2016 that was not on air. Rice was hosting the morning show at sister station Magic 104.1 before being let go herself.

In the original recording, Mayes can be heard asking why “the natives” are only now interested in the Washington Redskins changing their name.

“The question was not asked in a derogatory manner. I was legitimately curious what sparked the desire for change,” Mayes said in his statement.

Rice responds by saying that “they’ve been too drunk to organize.” Mayes then follows that up by saying “hashtag Lysol” to which Rice responds “hashtag gold spray paint”. Both items are huffed by junkies to achieve a cheap high.

In his statement, Mayes calls Rice’s comments “distasteful” and “racially charged”. He acknowledges that he made light of them and joined in the conversation, but then says that they made him “uncomfortable” and he attempted to end the conversation.

Mayes said that he has struggled in the past to speak up against racism in the workplace. He was worried about it impeding his ability to “fit in.”

“This recording is the perfect example of that all too often scenario that was sent to local media outlets with the intent to destroy my career,” he says in the audio statement. “Maybe it worked. In the end, that is up to you, my followers.”

The note accompanying the original audio notes that The Lucky Star Casino is the naming rights sponsor of the Franchise’s studio. The casino is owned by the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes. The note also includes information to contact Tyler Media management.

Tyler Media fired Mayes shortly after the audio was made public. Mayes says he is “heartbroken” that he didn’t get the chance to address the comments, make amends, or be a part of any healing or training sessions.

“As a person of color,” he noted, “I know all too well how damaging hate speech can be. I also know once we know better, we can do better.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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David Ortiz On WEEI: Everyone Knows Dan Shaughnessy’s An A-Hole

“He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.”

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You don’t have to guess how David Ortíz feels about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. He is more than happy to tell you if you ask.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame candidate was a guest on WEEI and afternoon host Lou Merloni asked. He wanted to know how Ortíz felt about Shaughnessy saying he would never vote for the Red Sox slugger to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“You know that Dan Shaughnessy has been an asshole to everybody,” Big Papí responded.

He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.

“What can I do? Dan’s not gonna stop anything. He’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But I mean, this is a guy who likes giving a hard time to everyone, so you’ve got to love him that way.”

For the record, according to BBHOFTracker.com, Ortíz has received more votes than anyone else on the ballots of the writers that have made their votes public. Time will tell if that holds up and he meets the 75% threshold for induction.

Dan Shaughnessy released his Hall of Fame ballot last week along with the rest of the Boston Globe staff. He only voted for Jeff Kent. He was the only one not to vote for Big Papí

David Ortíz will find out next week if he is in. He is one of four players with the numbers that make one think it makes sense for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but a cloud of doubt over him because of his past use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Tim Kurkjian: There Is No Right Way To Vote For The Hall Of Fame

“If I just said, look I’m not voting for anyone that has a connection to PEDs, that would be easier.”

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The results of the Baseball Hall of Fame vote will be revealed next week, and ESPN MLB writer Tim Kurkjian has been on the fence about a lot of the players on the ballot.

Speaking Wednesday with Tim McKernan of 101 ESPN in St. Louis, Kurkjian said having the opportunity to elect some of baseball’s greatest players to the Hall of Fame is not lost on him. But the task of choosing players with ties to performance-enhancing drugs has been hard.

“It’s the greatest privilege I have,” he said of being a voter. “I love it, but it’s really, really difficult. I don’t think there are any right answers anymore.”

Kurkjian himself will be honored at the induction ceremony, and will be enshrined in the media wing as the winner of the Baseball Writers Association of America Career Excellence Award.

In the lead-up to the results of the voting, ESPN’s Outside the Lines is presenting a series on the Hall of Fame cases for five controversial candidates: Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

McKernan asked Tim Kurkjian what his voting process was, and if he considers voting for players on a case-by-case basis. Kurkjian said that was indeed the case given how each player’s ties to banned substances is different, and that in his mind, doing it that way is the most balanced way of voting.

“If I just said, look I’m not voting for anyone that has a connection to PEDs, that would be easier,” he said. “But I do care, and I’m kind of trapped in the middle as I so often am.”

Some of the other voters have a more hard-lined stance. Guys like Bonds, A-Rod, Mark McGwire and others will never get a particular writer’s vote simply because they admitted to using PEDs. But Kurkjian said that’s not how he does it.

He also said others should model how he votes.

“I’m not suggesting it’s the right way, because I’m not sure there is a right way,” he said. “I just don’t think I’m wrong in what I’m doing. I’m doing the best I can, and it is a very difficult assignment these days.”

ESPN’s series will conclude on Wednesday with reaction to the results of the hall of fame vote. Tim Kurkjian will be a part of the series.

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