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Doug Gottlieb Calls Skip Bayless ‘Disgraceful’

“What are you doing? You’re 70-years-old. You’ve been covering sports your entire life. You don’t call people names.”

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On Tuesday, Doug Gottlieb played a clip on his FOX Sports Radio show of Russell Westbrook explaining why he has started going back at fans that call him names. In the clip, Westbrook talked about his son’s teacher telling him how much his son enjoyed writing their last name. Westbrook said it was the first time he really understood that the name meant something and it made him less likely to blowoff personal shots from fans.

Gottlieb said that name calling from the media is nothing new. He pointed out Jim Rome famously calling Jim Everett Chris and referring to tennis star Arancha Sanchez Vicario as “A raunchy chick from the barrio”. Gottlieb also noted that as Rome has gotten older, he has given up the nicknames.

The same cannot be said for FS1’s Skip Bayless. Doug Gottlieb singled him out as a major factor in influencing fans to mistreat players.

“Let’s just say it,” Gottlieb said. “I understand he works for FOX Sports. I understand he makes a ton of money. I think it’s disgraceful what Skip Bayless has done. He made feminine references to Chris Bosh, which is reprehensible and so is this. You can’t normalize this behavior.”

Bayless’s behavior is a lot like former President Donald Trump according to Gottlieb. He said that both have plenty of fans, but those fans cannot justify the way each guy talks about and treats people he does not like.

“What are you doing? You’re 70-years-old. You’ve been covering sports your entire life. You don’t call people names.”

Skip Bayless has taken to calling Russell Westbrook “Westbrick”. Gottlieb said that criticism is fair. This is one of the worst seasons he can remember a former MVP having and Westbrook is absolutely struggling with shooting and turnovers.

According to Gottlieb, it is another example of Bayless, who he says has “made a career out of being a LeBron hater” for the last 12 years, going for low-hanging fruit. It is something that he says players notice and talk about with other members of the media.

“If you ask people in the NBA, they will say like ‘Why would you call people names? You’re 70-years-old.’”

Doug Gottlieb noted that he realized both men were on the FOX payroll. He doesn’t expect his comments to lead to any drama though. He said that anyone looking to run to Bayless for comments are wasting their time. There won’t be a confrontation between the two.

“Don’t worry. I won’t be on that show. He doesn’t let people that want to comeback at things like that on his show.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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