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Harrison Explains Process Of Releasing Hill Audio
“In an attempt to gain clearance for the recording, Harrison reached out to Tyreek Hill’s attorney, agent, the Johnson County District Attorney and the Overland Park Police Department, but neither would verify the audio.”
Usually sports radio hosts are in the business of forming opinions on available evidence, but sometimes being a journalist takes precedence as they gather their own information.
For over a month, Carrington Harrison of Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio held a recording of the full 11-minute recorded conversation between Chiefs wide-receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal privately discussing domestic abuse allegations. The tape, released by 610 Sports earlier this week may have swayed the court of public opinion about Hill’s alleged involvement, but for Harrison the process of releasing the audio wasn’t easy.
Unable to share how he received the audio, Harrison did acknowledge he wasn’t holding onto it by choice. Although saving it for the dog days of summer helped create content during a slow period for sports, the time-frame for when to release the 11-minute recording was not dictated by Harrison. Acquiring the audio on June 7th, Harrison and 610 Sports didn’t receive clearance to release the recording until Monday July 8th at 4:40pm CST.
“I was explicitly told if I went against our legal team’s orders to not play the tape, it would be violating a direct order for my superiors,” Harrison told me.
In an attempt to gain clearance for the recording, Harrison reached out to Tyreek Hill’s attorney, agent, the Johnson County District Attorney and the Overland Park Police Department, but neither would verify the audio. It was not until these efforts were exhausted that Entercom, which owns 610 Sports, stepped in and paid for the audio to be independently verified last week.
“I personally went to Hill’s attorney to speak with him. He would not meet with me,” Harrison said, noting he was told to set an appointment which they declined when he attempted to do so. Harrison even had his personal attorney contact the DA, but he too would not verify the audio.
During the course of the last month, Harrison never believed any other media outlet had access to the tape and would release it before 610 Sports gained clearance to do so. Kansas City’s CBS affiliate, KCTV5 publicly shared excerpts from the 11-minute recording in April, but declined to release it in full. Since the full recording was made public, some have questioned why KCTV5 and their news director, Casey Clark chose select clips to release back in April.
“I couldn’t live with myself if we had taken a chunk of something like that and given life forever,” Clark said on-air, referring specifically to the part of the recording where Hill told Espinal he didn’t want to have children. “I just felt like it was best for us if we took the parts that were relevant, put them on the news.”
When I asked Harrison if he had any moral hesitations about releasing the full recording knowing the potential firestorm it would create, the radio host said, “I had a few, but they did not slow down the process of playing the audio and getting it authenticated.”
Whether or not releasing the full audio vs only select clips paints Tyreek Hill in a different light is up to the court of public opinion. For Harrison, it was important to put in the necessary work to give the public that option of forming their own opinion with the available evidence.
Carrington Harrison and Sean Levine host The Drive on 610 Sports every weekday from 2 – 6pm.
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Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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Gregg Giannotti: Doug Gottlieb Is ‘Using My Name’ To Deflect Blame From Himself
“I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there.”
Earlier this week, Doug Gottlieb revisited a gaffe he made on the set of CBS’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show a decade ago. On a set that included Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Greg Gumbel, and Kenny Smith, Gottlieb said that he was there to “provide the white man’s perspective.” Gottlieb owned that it was a poor attempt at humor, but Gregg Giannotti takes issue with the FOX Sports Radio host’s version of events that lead up to the televised misstep.
“If you’ll allow me, I’d like to clear my name for a little bit,” Giannotti said on Wednesday’s edition of Boomer and Gio on WFAN.
Gottlieb contends that he tried out a better rehearsed version of the joke in a number of other places before going on television and it was well-received. No one told him it was a bad idea or that if delivered in the wrong way, it could create problems. One of those places, according to Gottlieb, was CBS Sports Radio’s Gio & Jones.
One problem, the show did not exist in 2013.
“Here are my issues with this,” Gregg Giannotti said. “One, I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there. Two, he is placing blame now on whoever he told this to to stop him and say ‘Don’t do this on the set!’”.
Boomer Esiason, Giannotti’s WFAN partner said he can see how Gottlieb overlooked the reality that this joke would not land well with a general audience. Former athletes are used to joking with one another like this in locker rooms. Plus, being on a set with Barkley and Smith may have made Gottlieb think that he would get a little more leeway.
Esiason added that he can see how Gottlieb would assume Gio was there. The show on CBS Sports Radio that he was likely on was MoJo, which featured Brian Jones and Chris Moore. It became Gio & Jones in 2015 when Giannotti came to CBS Sports Radio from 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, where worked in 2013. More surprising to Esiason was the Gottlieb wanted to talk about this a decade after it happened.
“He’s still hanging on this,” Giannotti answered. “The issue I have is that he is using me, saying that he tried it out on me and that I found it hilarious but I should have stopped him from saying the joke when I wasn’t even part of this. I was talking about the god damn Penguins!”
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Charles Barkley: ‘I Want to Be on TV Less’
“His contract with Warner Bros. Discovery runs through 2024-25.”
It’s possible you could see Charles Barkley appearing occasionally on CNN.
Reports from The Wall Street Journal and Variety this week indicate the cable news network is close to finishing a deal that would have Gayle King on the network. Rumors have said that the network would like to have Barkley join her, but Barkley says nothing is decided on his end.
In an appearance on Bickley & Marotta on Arizona Sports on Tuesday, the Suns legend and NBA on TNT analyst said he and King are friends so this wouldn’t be a situation where the duo would be coming in green.
“I’ve gotten to know her well through the years through my relationship with Oprah (Winfrey) and she’s just cool,” Barkley said. “I said, ‘I would consider doing a show with Gayle, one day a week starting in the fall.'”
But Barkley, 60, reiterated what he’s made known for a while now: he doesn’t plan on sticking around in the TV business for too much longer. His contract with Warner Bros. Discovery runs through 2024-25. So this CNN opportunity could be pretty limited in scope, which is what Charles desired.
“It’ll only be one day a week if I decide to do it,” Barkley said. “I said, ‘No, I don’t want to be on TV more. I want to be on TV less.'”
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John Kincade: Thursday Night Football Flex Vote About ‘Licking Jeff Bezos’s Boots’
“For these billionaires to be licking his boots? Embarrassing. They can’t do this. It’s obnoxious.”
A report claims that at the NFL owners meetings, a proposal to give the league the ability to implement flex scheduling for Thursday Night Football was proposed. 97.5 The Fanatic’s John Kincade was flabbergasted at the idea.
The proposal would allow the NFL to move scheduled games in the final weeks of the season from Sunday to Thursday. The league would also have to change the rule that teams could only play one Thursday Night Football game per season to accommodate the change.
During The John Kincade Show Tuesday, the host claimed that even considering the idea was simply a matter of the owners kowtowing to Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, whose company — Prime Video — broadcasts the package.
“They’re licking Jeff Bezos’s boots,” Kincade said. “I can only imagine buddies running trips and fans go ‘Ok, I’m going to the Eagles game on Sunday. I’m flying in Friday, spend two nights in a hotel, and fly out Monday’. Oh no you’re not, the game’s been moved to Thursday night. This is freaking ridiculous, and shining Bezos’s shoes is freaking embarrassing. For these billionaires to be licking his boots? Embarrassing. They can’t do this. It’s obnoxious.”
Kincade continued by marvelling at the idea even being floated to the public.
“To me, it’s just such a dumb idea. But sometimes those things happen in sports.”
The 97.5 The Fanatic host is not the only sports media member who has shared their displeasure with the proposal this week. Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King aired similar sentiments, saying “We can all agree this seems insane.”