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Nick Friedell: It’s Bizarre Hearing Kyrie Irving Exchange Played Back

“To be in the middle of that, it’s part of the job. But even hearing that back it makes you just shake your head because Kyrie could’ve just answered the question and then there’s no more issue.”

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ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell had an exchange with Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving in a recent press conference. That has fueled the fire surrounding Irving’s social media posts giving a platform to antisemitic ideology.

On 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area on Tuesday, Friedell had a chance to hear the interaction played back leading into his appearance on The Morning Roast with Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky.

Hill found Friedell’s questioning of Irving’s posts, in addition to how he handled himself in the moment, as something that aspiring journalists should learn from.

“If you are a professor in a journalism class, or you’re teaching a master class in journalism, you should show this clip,” Hill said. “Nick Friedell is a professional journalist, one of the best at his craft.”

Friedell said it was a bit weird hearing the clip played back.

“It’s just so bizarre listening to that clip again,” he said. “To be in the middle of that, it’s part of the job. But even hearing that back it makes you just shake your head because Kyrie could’ve just answered the question and then there’s no more issue.”

“But by allowing it to linger and not being clear with his answer in what he wanted to get across, it has now become a much, bigger thing,” Friedell added. The whole situation in the last 48 hours has been really, really strange frankly to be a part of.”

Nick finished his point by saying that it was further evidence that this goes along with the status quo in Brooklyn.

“But as usual with the Nets and Kyrie there’s always something else going on off the floor, and they’re really not playing well on the floor,” he said. “And when you have that mix of what’s happening you have much, much larger issues for a team that doesn’t seem to have a lot of answers.”

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    John Wonderly

    November 3, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Wrong. There’s always another question when someone like this smells blood in the water. Any answer is never enough.

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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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