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Jimmy Butler’s Agent Fires Explitive-Filled Tweet at Shams Charania

Charania ruffled some feathers with his analysis of Jimmy Butler and the Heat.

Russ Heltman

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Courtesy: Complex

Shams Charania released a nugget on Stadium over the weekend that did not please Jimmy Butler’s agent.

“I think that everyone who knows Jimmy Butler understands that this is someone who wears his heart on their sleeve. He’s not afraid to let people know how he feels,” Charania said on Stadium last week. 

“This Miami team goes to the finals last year in the bubble. So that adds expectations for Jimmy Butler and how he feels this franchise should go. I’m told there has been very, very testy moments behind the scenes between Jimmy, that coaching staff, the roster at different points.”

Charania did say the team is ascending at the right time, but that wasn’t enough cleanup for Butler’s agent. Bernard Lee of Quartexx Management had this to say about Charania.

“Shut the f*ck up you click bait, ambulance chasing, dirtbag piece of sh*t,” Lee tweeted in response to the clip. “No one has told you this because this is not reality. Go find someone’s assistant to text abt an MRI or some other human calamity you want to be 1st on. We are good over here.”

Charania is one of the most plugged reporters in the league and someone who has garnered immense respect. Yet all that gravitas wasn’t enough for Lee to let it slide. One of Charania’s colleagues on the set tried to distance himself from the report.

“I just wanna say I agree with everything Shams said but I didn’t know we was snitching on the man,” Former NBA guard Iman Shumpert said on the playoff preview show. 

“For whatever static they got going in Miami, I didn’t know we was snitchin. Shams don’t usually get down like that, but it just happened I didn’t know we were doing it. I agree with him though, what’s going on basketball-wise.”

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Jenny Taft Details Security Measures For Female Journalists In Qatar For World Cup

“I just had to go through a special gate in Qatar for ladies only. Somehow, I don’t feel that special about it.”

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Much has been made about the abysmal human rights record of World Cup host Qatar as the Middle East nation sees worldwide attention for one of the first times. FOX Sports reporter Jenny Taft detailed the experience of a female journalist covering the event, and was less than impressed.

“I just had to go through a special gate in Qatar for ladies only,” Taft said. “Somehow, I don’t feel that special about it.”

Taft had received pushback from viewers and media personalities for her coverage during the World Cup opener, and her interview with the organizers of Qatar’s bid to host the event. Many called FOX’s coverage “tone-deaf” and “proppoganda”.

Taft has continued chronically her experience at the World Cup on her TikTok account, with one video mentioning how difficult it was to leave behind her baby for the nearly month-long assignment.

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Peter Burns Apologizes To Ben Watson After On-Air Joke About Wife

In a tweet, Burns said “the truth is that I crossed the line”, noting that Watson “couldn’t have handled it better with his humor and class”.

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SEC Network host Peter Burns has publicly apologized to analyst Ben Watson and his wife Kirsten for an off-color joke he made during halftime of Saturday’s Florida/Vanderbilt game on the network.

While joking about Watson’s suit being lighter in color than everyone else’s on set, Watson said he didn’t care what the other hosts thought about his suit, just as long as his wife thought he looked nice, and asked her to “send the text” letting him know he looked good. Burns quipped “that’s not the text she sent me” before going to commercials. When the show returned, Burns and Watson were not on set, and the former NFL tight end insinuated the pair had a strong disagreement during the break.

Later that evening, Burns tweeted a picture of the pair with the caption #Friendship, which Watson retweeted saying Burns needed to publicly apologize. He did that Monday evening.

In a tweet, Burns said “the truth is that I crossed the line”, noting that Watson “couldn’t have handled it better with his humor and class”.

An ESPN representative had previously told OutKick the entire situation was a joke, calling it a “performance bit”, adding Watson “100% deserves an Emmy nomination”.

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Rece Davis: College GameDay Needed Someone Like Pete Thamel for Years

“It’s like because of this podcast and that, people have started to think of us as two guys who might someday star in a buddy movie.”

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ESPN’s College GameDay has a formula to it that has made the show work for so long. It’s not scripted at all, but it’s organized in a way that gives the show structure.

And sometimes time constraints force producers and the hosts to have to make adjustments on the fly, like eliminating segments or elements within segments.

GameDay host Rece Davis talked about it on Monday’s edition of the College GameDay podcast with ESPN senior college football writer Pete Thamel. Davis praised Thamel for his contributions to the show but acknowledged that often Thamel whose hits on the show end up struck because of time.

“All of us sacrifice some, but you’re one of the ones who take heavy hits in terms of things getting cut,” Davis said. Thamel’s tweets are often featured throughout the show, and Davis makes it a point to recognize Thamel on the air. “That’s why I try to give you a shoutout when I see the tweets pop up on the screen, which are amazing by the way.”

Davis said Thamel’s ability to provide up to the second information on relevant and timely stories in college football has been a welcomed change to the show.

“You’ve brought something to GameDay that GameDay’s desperately needed for years,” he said. “It’s like because of this podcast and that, people have started to think of us as two guys who might someday star in a buddy movie.”

GameDay will be on location this weekend for the showdown between Michigan and Ohio State. This past weekend the show was live from Montana State.

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