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Jason Whitlock: ESPN Departure Sent Out ‘Bat Signal’ That ‘Masculinity Wasn’t Tolerated’

“I’m not scared of none of them because the truth’s on my side, and I know how to articulate it. These athletes don’t, and they need to be backed up by someone with a pair.”

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Jason Whitlock left ESPN in 2015 and during a discussion on his digital show for The Blaze TV, he said the reason he departed the network was because he was too manly.

“I’m gonna say something that some of the audience — some of the audience — will be like ‘Whitlock is just self-serving, self-aggrandizing, patting himself on the back’ but I’m sorry, it’s just factual: When ESPN ran me out of there, that was them sending out a bat signal. Men with balls aren’t welcome. We don’t want any real mean. We want feminized men.

“Because I was the intellectual backbone for masculine men at ESPN. That’s what I represented. They run me off, and they say ‘No, guys, you see Bomani Jones, Howard Bryant, these feminized men? That’s our blueprint. That’s the kind of masculine energy we want to come from these guys. Highly feminized, and have a matriarchal point of view and are basically Yasss Queens themselves.'”

Whitlock added that former athletes that work in analyst roles at ESPN “aren’t smart enough” to stand up to executives to let them get their points across on TV.

“What Jalen Rose doesn’t understand, Jay Williams doesn’t understand, Kendrick Perkins, what they don’t understand is they can’t be themselves without someone like me that’s able to argue down and stand toe to toe with all these Ivy League executives they’ve got and all these other little feminists they got running around there. I’m not scared of none of them because the truth’s on my side, and I know how to articulate it. These athletes don’t, and they need to be backed up by someone with a pair, and what they’re finding out is Stephen A. Smith’s pair ain’t big enough. He’s not smart enough to stand toe to toe with these guys. He can occasionally put Malika Andrews — a child — in her place, but for the long haul — the real fight — with the executives, and all the feminists running wild, the feminized male executives running around there, they’re not smarter.

Whitlock concluded by saying he wasn’t personally attack anyone at ESPN.

“Dave Roberts is the executive backing Stephen A. Smtih, he’s not smart enough. I’m not trying to pick on any of these guys, I’m just telling you the facts. They don’t have anybody on the inside to back them up intellectually and explain these situations to them and for them on the air to give them the room to be real men and now Jay Williams understands that.”

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Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.

Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.

LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.

On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.

Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?

“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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