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Charles Barkley Tells Clay Travis the LIV Tour Criticism Has “Really Pissed Me Off”

“Some of this LIV stuff has really pissed me off, to be honest with you,” Barkley announced. “People use a word like ‘sportswashing,’ ‘blood money,’ and that really pisses me off. These guys have the right to make money any way they want to.”

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Charles Barkley revealed on Friday that he has ended contract talks with the LIV Golf Tour, but that doesn’t mean the entire process hasn’t left an impact on him.

Barkley sat down with OutKick founder Clay Travis at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey after both had participated in the LIV Tour’s Pro-Am. In the interview he expressed his feelings regarding some of the criticism he and the Tour received over the last couple of weeks.

“Some of this LIV stuff has really pissed me off, to be honest with you,” Barkley announced. “People use a word like ‘sportswashing,’ ‘blood money,’ and that really pisses me off. These guys have the right to make money any way they want to.”

Barkley said that he had some empathy for those who were protesting this particular event, families and survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City.

“And I understand the 9/11 people,” Barkley added. “They probably have a legitimate gripe because it’s something that happened that’s personal to them. But (when I’m) reading some of these other articles, I say, ‘Well, wait a minute. You guys don’t even give a shit about shit that’s happening in the United States!”

Barkley added: “And all of sudden you’re all worried about what’s happening in Saudi Arabia.”

“I don’t like selective outrage as you grab your iPhone that’s made in China,” Barkley said. “You guys are killing me…I’m not gonna let you guys bad mouth these (LIV golfers).”

“I played in the NBA for 16 years, I’ve been on TV for almost 21 years. We’ve been working with China for almost 40 years,” Barkley said. “Secondly, I’m a Nike guy. This notion that I’m gonna have this moral high ground and like, well, I’m not taking money from anybody. I’m like, well, you have selective, you know?”

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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