Connect with us
BSM Summit
blank

Sports TV News

Inside The NBA Crew Discusses Reaction to Kyrie Irving Comments

“We’ve suspended people and fined people who have made homophobic slurs,” Barkley added. “And that was the right thing to do. If you insult the black community, you should be suspended or fined heavily.”

Jordan Bondurant

Published

on

Inside the NBA

Members of Inside the NBA on TNT studio and broadcast team offered their thoughts to the situation involving Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night.

Irving has found himself in hot water over a since-deleted tweet about an antisemitic movie.

On TNT’s pregame show, both Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley offered their thoughts on Irving. Shaq said Irving just displays just a general lack of awareness of what he puts out on social media.

“Some people are conscious, some people are not. I can tell he’s not conscious, he doesn’t really care about what’s going on,” Shaq said. “But us, I know that the game that we used to love and promote it brings people together. And it hurts me sometimes when we have to sit up here and talk about stuff that divides the game. Now we gotta answer for what this idiot has done.”

Barkley thinks it’s wild that the league didn’t discipline him for the tweet sooner.

“I think (the NBA) should have been suspended him,” Barkley said. “I think (NBA commissioner Adam Silver) should have suspended him. First of all, Adam is Jewish — you can’t take my $40 million and insult my religion. You gonna insult me, you have the right, but I have the right to say, ‘You can’t take my $40 million and insult my religion.’”

“We’ve suspended people and fined people who have made homophobic slurs,” Barkley added. “And that was the right thing to do. If you insult the black community, you should be suspended or fined heavily.”

On the Nets/Bulls game broadcast on TNT, Reggie Miller said it was interesting how the NBA as a community didn’t collectively stand up against what Irving put out there compared to incidents that were racial in nature involving former Clippers owner Donald Sterling and soon to be ex-Suns owner Robert Sarver.

“When Donald Sterling stepped in it, when Robert Sarver just recently stepped in it, our voices in the basketball community and our players were vocally strong in some type of discipline being handed down — or be gone,” Miller said. “The players have dropped the ball on this case when it’s been one of their own. It’s been crickets.

“And it’s disappointing, because this league has been built on the shoulders of the players being advocates,” he added. “Right is right and wrong is wrong. And if you’re gonna call out owners, and rightfully so, then you’ve got to call out players as well. You can’t go silent in terms of this for Kyrie Irving. I want to hear the players and their strong opinions as well, just as we heard about Robert Sarver and Donald Sterling.”

Some in sports media offered their reaction to Miller’s comments.

The Nets are looking into some kind of discipline on Irving, but Barkley felt like it’s too late. The NBA Players Association released a statement on the situation but didn’t refer to Irving by name.

“Antisemitism has no place in our society. The NBPA is focused on creating an environment where everyone is accepted,” the statement said. “We are committed to helping players fully understand that certain words can lead to hateful ideologies being spread. We will continue to work on identifying and combating all hate speech whenever it arises.”

Sports TV News

St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

blank

Published

on

Dan McLaughlin

St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

Jordan Bondurant

Published

on

blank

The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

Jordan Bondurant

Published

on

blank

Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

blank

Advertisement blank

Barrett Media Writers

Copyright © 2022 Barrett Media.