Wednesday’s headlines were dominated by Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins alleging racial discrimination in hiring practices.
As Flores’s lawyers explained on CBS Mornings, they decided to go ahead with the lawsuit after a text message exchange with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in which he confused with another of his former assistants, Brian Daboll.
The error inadvertently revealed that the New York Giants had already made a decision on hiring their head coach, demonstrating that Flores was only being interviewed to satisfy the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” mandating that minority candidates be considered.
Exposing the bad-faith process of NFL teams interviewing minority coaches obviously isn’t funny. But the idea of Belichick mixing up former assistants with the first name “Brian” is amusing.
On Wednesday’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, a serious discussion about racial discrimination in the NFL and Flores’s future as a head coach in the league was briefly broken up by Stugotz asking guest Jemele Hill if she had any funny stories about accidentally texting the wrong person or receiving a text message meant for someone else.
Hill said she’s received some raunchy text messages in the past accidentally, but didn’t go into detail. However, she did recall changing her phone number during the controversy over her tweets about then-president Donald Trump. And an ESPN executive texted Hill to check on her, only to find out that someone else now had that number and wasn’t happy about it.
You can hear the story at the 10:48 mark below:
“One of the senior executives at ESPN, after all this trouble was going down, did not realize I changed my number,” Hill explained. “So to my old number, he sent something asking if I was going to give a quote, something to address the Trump situation. And he got cussed out.
“So I see him and he’s like, ‘Hey, um, just want to be sure, are we OK?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re good. What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘Well, I was just a little concerned because you used some rough language.'”
Le Batard then asked Mike Ruiz if he could get Hill’s old number so they could call it and interview whoever yelled at that ESPN producer. Knowing the willingness of the Le Batard Show crew to pursue a bit, we may hear that conversation eventually. And hopefully, it makes for a great upcoming segment.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.