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Sharpe and Bayless Disagree Over Harrell-Doncic ‘White Boy’ Comments

“Bayless, defended Harrell’s comment while Sharpe, an African-American, said he should have been fined and the NBA should have issued a statement condemning his actions.”

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It is no surprise that Monday’s broadcast of Undisputed on FS1 featured debate between co-hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless over the L.A. Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell calling the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic “A b*tch–ass White boy”. What was surprising is that Bayless, who is White, defended the comment while Sharpe, an African-American, said Harrell should have been fined and the NBA should have issued a statement condemning his actions.

Harrell has since issued an apology for his comment and Doncic has accepted it, but Sharpe believes additional actions should be taken.

“He should have been fined. We have to be very careful here,” Sharpe said. “I understand that it did not bother Luka and that Montrezl apologized, but we can’t just say, ‘it was the heat of competition so we can just say things as trash talk’. Imagine if Luka had called Montrezl a B. A. B. Boy?  Would that have been considered trash talking?  No. We would have been outraged. See if we are about equality, you can’t just want it for your race or your gender. You got to want it for everyone. I don’t believe Trez is a racist, but I do think that was a racist comment.”

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“If you expect something ,you have to be willing to give something,” Sharpe continued. “If we just say ‘people say things out of frustration’ then that’s the argument that the other side will use as an excuse. ‘oh I was just frustrated.’ We have to level the playing field. The NBA should have issued a statement saying this will not be tolerated and Montrezl should have been fined.”

Bayless argued that the term, “White Boy” is not racist.

“As a “White Boy” myself, I am not offended by it,” he said. “It’s a term of racial identification, but it is not a racial slur. It is not the equivalent of the N word, which is the most evil word in the English language. If situations were reversed and Luka had dared to call someone a “Black Boy” that’s far worse because of its ties to slavery (than calling someone “White Boy”),”

Bayless also claimed that Harrell’s comment was just trash talk in retaliation for Doncic doing the same earlier in the game.

“Luka is turning into one of the best trash talkers in the league, and I love it” Bayless said. “He had told Montrezl to quit flopping, which is basically questioning his manhood. That made Montrezl angry. Luka started it and when Montrezl hammered it home over Luka, he finished it with his comment. Was it the smartest thing to say? No. But I wasn’t offended by it, and I don’t think Luka was either.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handles Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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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.

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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.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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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.

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