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Texans Beat Writer Fired Following Appearance On Greg Hill Show

“The interview took place March 19, the same day plaintiff attorney Tony Buzbee stated nine more civil suits were filed against Watson, bringing the number of women alleging sexual assault against the Texans quarterback to 12.”

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The Houston Chronicle parted ways with Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson a few weeks after an appearance with Boston’s The Greg Hill Show on WEEI. During the interview, Wilson failed to demonstrate objectivity, dismissing DeShaun Watson’s sexual harassment accusers as a money grab. 

The interview took place March 19, the same day plaintiff attorney Tony Buzbee stated nine more civil suits were filed against Watson, bringing the number of women alleging sexual assault against the Texans quarterback to 12. There are now 22 lawsuits against Watson, who maintains the allegations are false.

On Saturday, Wilson released a statement expressing remorse for his comments during the March 19 interview with The Greg Hill Show

“I made a mistake that I fully understand and own when I did not choose my words nearly carefully enough during a discussion regarding the sensitive, comp on a March 19 radio program regarding the sensitive, complex and controversial Deshaun Watson legal situation, in the days following the initial filing of the civil lawsuits from women against him,” Wilson wrote. “My efforts to convey perspectives on the situation clearly demonstrated an unintentional lack of sensitivity to the serious nature of these types of allegations and I sincerely apologize for my remarks. I didn’t maintain my own high standards that I’ve established and applied during my two decades of covering many other similarly important and delicate situations in the NFL. I will proceed much more carefully going forward and learn from this moment. I am committed to outstanding journalism now and always.”

After claiming the allegations were a money grab during the interview, Wilson said on WEEI that he was skeptical of Watson’s accusers. “I want to be careful in the sense that I’m not dismissing that it wasn’t true and the sense that that I wasn’t there.”

Morning host Greg Hill accused him of being pro-Watson, and despite the need for a reporter to show some semblance of objectivity with a still developing story, Wilson didn’t argue. “I’m not saying I’m not, I don’t know them, I know him,” Wilson said. “I’m not gonna throw the guy under the bus before I have some proof. I don’t feel like I have the proof, just it’s allegations.”

Hill’s co-host and former NFL tight end Jermaine Wiggins asked Wilson about Watson’s background, and the reporter highlighted his impeccable character and underprivileged upbringing. The most egregious comment from Wilson came as he tried to explain that players with impeccable reputations are better targets because they’re more likely to pay for allegations to go away. 

“In his case, you know, it’s kind of like you don’t, you know, you don’t negotiate with terrorists,” Wilson told The Greg Hill Show. “You know, people are demanding money, they’re asking for money. The — it kept escalating, it kept going up and up and up. And you start talking about more and more funds, I’m not gonna say how much it got to. But my understanding is, you know, that there was an admission that, it was, you know, something, you know, just that this was, you know, just a money grab.”

According to Diana Moskovitz and Kalyn Kahler of Defector, the Chronicle’s sports department held a staff meeting Friday where they were informed Wilson was no longer employed by the publication. Wilson joined the Chronicle in 2015 as their Texans beat writer following a long tenure covering the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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