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Ben Maller Goes In On LeBron Over Illegal Business Activity

“”According to a 2017 article in Bleacher Report though, James was investigated by the NBA after similar accusations were made when he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.””

Jacob Conley



Fresh off his fourth NBA title, LeBron James is more popular around the league and with fans, than ever. However, citing a story that appeared in The Athletic and several other sources, Fox Sports Radio host Ben Maller said Friday morning that James is using that popularity for illegal business activities. In fact, Maller entitled his podcast on the topic, “LeCriminal”.

“LeBron has been accused of illegal business activities that are hurting his fellow NBA players,” Maller said. “This is a pretty big accusation.”

According to The Athletic story, as reported by Sports, an anonymous agent says James is using his pull to influence players to sign with Klutch Sports, which is owned by James’ agent Rich Paul.

“The worst thing that LeBron is doing is forcing this power with Rich Paul and what that is, in terms of, he’s a player, but he has prowess in the media space,” the source said. “His company Spring Hill, that’s awesome. Doing the movies and all of the projects, that’s so commendable. I love that. But now that they’ve jumped into the agent game, which the reality is, it’s illegal for a player, particularly if you’re in the state of California, to be licensed to represent talent.”

“Do we believe this story?” Maller asks his audience. “I’m shaking my head, yes. LeBron is so omnipresent now he is working the system and no one is going to stop him. I see this as a union issue more than anything else. Nobody in the union has the machismo to stand up to LeBron and its hurting mid-level players.”

According to a 2017 article in Bleacher Report though, James was investigated by the NBA after similar accusations were made when he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was later cleared of all wrongdoing.

That did not stop Maller from going after James, however.

“Some players are just collateral damage in the hustle,” Maller said. “Kentavious Caldwell Pope lost millions of dollars being a good little soldier for Klutch Sports by going to the Lakers instead of an 80 million dollar contract with the Pistons. With the Lakers, he earned about 37 million. That’s a lot of money KCP lost because of this. He and other players like him are getting a screw job but there is zero chance the NBA rolls LeBron back on this because he has absolute power. As the English nobleman (Lord Acton) said ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’.”

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.



Joy Taylor

On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.



Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”



Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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