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Matthew McConaughey Has Uncomfortable Conversation With A Black Man

“Acho’s first video took the country and even the globe by storm, amassing more than 20 million views in one week.”

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One week after launching Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho continued the initiative of helping his white friends, to help his black ones with a second installment of the video series. 

A former NFL linebacker, current ESPN contributor and soon to be FS1 analyst, Acho’s first video took the country and even the globe by storm, amassing more than 20 million views in one week. His second video again offered a safe space for uncomfortable discussions in an effort to promote change, but as Acho stated, the goal was to create a dialogue not a monologue. With the dialogue on display, episode two featured a conversation with fellow University of Texas grad, Matthew McConaughey. 

McConaughey said he joined the show “to learn, share and listen – to discuss some common grounds between us, but also expose differences between us.” The first episode offered new context, it “made me think of the why, not the how,” McConaughey told Acho. 

“How can I do better, how can I do better as a man, how can I do better as a white man?” McConaughey asked. 

“You have to acknowledge there’s a problem, so that you can take more ownership of the problem,” Acho responded, noting the first step to acknowledging the problem is by having this conversation.

“Individually, you have to acknowledge implicit bias, you have to acknowledge that you’ll see a black man and for whatever reason, you will view them as more of a threat than you will a white man. Probably because society told you too,” Acho said. 

“You have to acknowledge that if there are two people with equal resumes, studies show that the person with the white sounding name is twice as likely to get a call back than the person with the black sounding name. You’re a very successful man who probably has several people under you, are you a part of that statistical problem?” Acho asked McConaughey.

Acho also said the most accurate and least offensive term to call a black person is ‘black,’ not African American. “There’s some black people that don’t identify as being African because that heritage got stripped from them.”

During the back and forth conversation, the Oscar winner asked Acho about the definition of equality, “it’s been an American issue forever and we continue to work and grow and evolve and debate what the definition of equality should be,” McConaughey said. 

Acho answered that he doesn’t believe there’s such thing as equality. “The wake of slavery is still hitting African Americans,” Acho said, pointing to issues of systemic injustice, poor school systems and voter suppression. “Don’t feel guilty,” Acho added, “just acknowledge.”

“What’s my responsibility, what’s your responsibility?” McConaughey asked near the end of the conversation. 

“People should take the responsibility proactively to say – maybe I’m a part of the problem. Maybe I can fix this issue not just by being not racist, but by being anti-racist,” Acho answered. “Maybe I can level the playing field and make it a fair fight.”

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Bomani Jones: Chris Canty Made Me Rethink How I Look At This Job

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job.”

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The Right Time with Bomani Jones has been one of ESPN’s most successful podcasts recently. Part of the appeal is that the conversations can go anywhere. Jones and his guests talk plenty about sports, but they will venture into pop culture, current events, and more. When it is “Foxworth Friday”, there is a good chance that the show will give some insight on other ESPN personalities.

On the most recent edition of The Right Time, Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth discussed how hard it can be to come up with a unique view on a topic every single time you are asked to talk about it. When Foxworth said that ESPN Radio’s Chris Canty makes it a little easier for him to be entertaining in those moments, Jones added to the praise.

He discussed a conversation he and Canty had at a Halloween party hosted by FOX’s Nick Wright.

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job,” Jones said. “Chris was like ‘Hey man’. You know, he’s got a Super Bowl ring, but he’s like ‘I didn’t get a gold jacket. I wasn’t great at that. But this? I have a chance to be great at something else.’”

Bomani Jones was impressed by that attitude. He admitted that it was eye-opening.

“That really made me look back at how I do my job and was like ‘Yo, I need to be looking at this in a very similar way.’”

Foxworth agreed. He said that it isn’t hard to believe that Chris Canty wants to be great on TV and radio. It is easy to see when he is making an effort to get better.

“He works at it and he doesn’t rely on just one move,” Foxworth said. “Using the basketball analogy, he’s adding new stuff to his game.”

Chris Canty clearly has fans in Bristol. ESPN keeps finding ways to use him across multiple platforms. In addition to his daily ESPN Radio show with Chris Carlin, he also makes regular appearances on Get Up with Mike Greenberg.

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Dave Portnoy Drops Appeal Of Lawsuit Against Business Insider

“In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.”

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Dave Portnoy is done with his legal fight against Insider. He filed an appeal after a judge dismissed his initial defamation suit in November. That appeal has been dropped.

Nich Carlson, the Global Editor-in-Chief of Insider, took to Twitter Friday to announce that the legal standoff had come to an end. He also notes that Insider is not surprised by the decision. The company stands by the reporting in the initial story, in which multiple women alleged that sexual encounters with Portnoy turned “violent and humiliating”. It was one of two stories the site published featuring these kinds of accusations against Portnoy.

Both sides will move on. In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.

In November, a Massachusetts judge ruled that Portnoy would have to prove that Insider acted with “actual malice” in publishing the stories. That was going to be a high bar considering that Dave Portnoy is a public figure.

Neither he nor his legal team have publicly commented about the status of the lawsuit.

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Nick Wright: Majority of Media Got Tom Brady Retirement Story Wrong

“I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions.”

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The news of the retirement of Tom Brady wasn’t the most shocking development, but FS1 host Nick Wright believes the way some of media coverage around Brady evolved wasn’t handled correctly.

During his What’s Wright? with Nick Wright podcast, Wright argued that those who have been given tremendous talents are put in different situations than those who weren’t, stopping just short of saying Brady had a duty to continue to perform his craft. He later added that those joking about Brady’s marriage failing for an extra season in the league weren’t viewing the entire picture, and that the divorce wasn’t something worth joking about.

“I see a lot of stuff people are saying about Brady, and I think it’s bullshit,” Wright said. “‘Oh, you sacrificed your marriage to 8-9’. And I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions. These are not easy things, and people know we know we are at times putting yourself first, in a selfish way that you’re not supposed to as a parent.”

The First Things First host then said the situation is similar to one he experienced as a child, but grew to realize there were bigger things than simply being a parent.

“It’s what I learned from my own dad. My own dad — who I have massive admiration for — absolutely put me and my sister — at times — on the backburner to negotatioting the best bargain possible for the Kansas City Firefighters. His legacy — he’s a great dad, who I adore — (but) his life’s legacy is not the things he did for me and my sister, his real legacy is the things he did for those firefighters and their families. You have those push and pull things and you make decisions and you deal with the fallout of it. It’s really sad that he and Gisele didn’t make it.”

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