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Ryen Russillo: I Deserved To Get My Ass Kicked For Protest Comments

Russillo came under fire last year for his comments on the George Floyd protests.

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The Ringer’s Ryen Russillo came under fire last year when he and Bill Simmons commented on the George Floyd murder and subsequent protests throughout the country. Many listeners said that Russillo and Simmons showed more anger about looting than they did about the killing of an unarmed man. Russillo apologized afterward and “really felt bad about it” as heat came his way. The former sports talk radio host discussed the situation on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast this week.

“It was stupid. And I apologized, and I felt bad about it,” Russillo said on the show. “I really felt bad about it because you assume people know where your head is at and that your heart’s in the right place and things you care about, and you can forget that’s a huge audience. I was on Bill’s pod, so not everybody knows me, and not everybody does know me that well, so they were like, ‘Who’s this ass—-?’”

Russillo acknowledged to Jimmy Traina that he wasn’t as educated on the topic as he should’ve been. He has since avoided political issues on his podcast with The Ringer. 

“After that time, especially when I was reading the stuff I did wrong, I deserved to get my ass kicked here a little bit,” Russillo said. “But then there was stuff that wasn’t even accurate. It was a lesson of, ‘I don’t want to talk about that stuff because I’m not as educated about it.’”

One part of the blowback didn’t sit right with Russillo in the weeks following the infamous episode.

“So my thing is if you’re a bull—- peddler for your own message, I have no time for you whatsoever,” Russillo said. “And I pointed that out. But then there was one part of it where it turned into I was saying something about sneakers being stolen, and then that ends up in The New York Times. So I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ This isn’t even accurate.”

Russillo’s podcast is one of the most popular sports shows in the medium, and fans can listen to multiple new episodes every week.

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LaVar Arrington Adds New Show to Podcast Feed – ‘Under Appreciated with Flash Garments’

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more.

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FOX Sports Radio’s LaVar Arrington has announced the addition of a new podcast to his podcast feed Up on Game Presents. The new podcast, called Under Appreciated with Flash Garments, debuts on Friday, August 5.

Under Appreciated with Flash Garments is a show that will feature conversations with insiders from sports, entertainment, music, fashion, film and more. The show’s primary goal is to shine light on those in their respective industries that deserve to be seen.

Under Appreciated promises to be something fresh and unlike any show or podcast you’ve ever heard – it will be the definition of exclusive,” shared Flash Garments. “I want to thank LaVar for inviting me to join the incredibly diverse and entertaining Up On Game Presents lineup.”

“We’re super excited to have Flash Garments join the Up On Game Presents lineup with the launch of his Under Appreciated podcast,” said Arrington. “Flash knows everybody, is very well respected, and has a lot to say! I think listeners will really enjoy this inspiring and enlightening program, and we look forward to sharing it with our audience every Friday!”

The podcast is produced in partnership with FOX Sports Radio, where Arrington co-hosts the network’s weekday morning program Two Pros and a Cup of Joe with Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox. New episodes will be available on Fridays.

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Jimmy Johnson to Dan Le Batard: ‘Do You Ever Remember Me ‘Sniveling?’

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

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Jimmy Johnson doesn’t seem to be too worried that he isn’t in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring Of Honor. He actually is more confused about the word choice that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones used to describe him.

Jones was interviewed earlier this week by NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs, and was asked about the timeline for honoring the team’s former coach. Jones replied snarkily with, “There’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here.”

Jones then added, “I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well… it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”

Dan Le Batard had the FOX NFL Sunday analyst on his podcast and read the entire quote to Johnson. When finished, Johnson responded thru his laughter, “I had to look up that word in the dictionary,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said, “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”

Le Batard responded, “it is not a word I would ever associate with you.”

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Taylor Rooks Hired by Amazon as Thursday Night Football Feature Reporter

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

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Amazon has confirmed that Taylor Rooks has been brought on as a feature reporter for their Thursday Night Football streaming package of NFL games.

Rooks will host feature stories surrounding the league and its Thursday games as well as conduct sit-down style interviews with NFL players and coaches throughout the season.

“Taylor Rooks is an incredibly talented journalist, who has already established herself as one of the best interviewers in sports,” said Marie Donoghue, Vice President, Global Sports Video for Amazon. “We look forward to bringing her engaging and illuminating conversations to our Thursday Night Football coverage.”

Rooks tweeted her excitement but also added that she will not be taking a step back from her efforts with Bleacher Report and NBA on TNT.

In fact, Boardroom is reporting that she has signed a multi-year extension to stay with Turner Sports.

“Taylor is a versatile talent with an innate skill to conduct engaging, authentic and entertaining conversations with some of the biggest personalities in sports,” noted Tara August, Senior Vice President of Talent Services & Special Projects at Turner. “No matter the sport, Taylor can connect and tap into the humanity of the individual off the court or field in a way that resonates with audiences and we’re excited to watch her grow.” 

Rooks joins the streaming service’s smorgasbord of talent which includes: play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, color analyst Kirk Herbstreit, sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung, studio host Charissa Thompson and analysts Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aqib Talib and Andrew Whitworth. 

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