Nicki Weisensee Egan has covered the Bill Cosby case since 2005.
She has sat down with and listened to his victims.
Over the course of the past 16 years, Weisensee Egan has dedicated her life to this specific case, writing a book, producing a podcast and printing countless words that revealed the truth about America’s former “TV dad.”
In 2018, Cobsy was convicted on sexual assault charges and sentenced to serve three-to-10 years in a maximum security prison outside of Philadelphia.
On Wednesday that conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Cosby was immediately released.
The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz Podcast took a break from sports on Thursday, as they’ve often done since leaving ESPN at the start of the calendar year, and were joined by Weisensee Egan to discuss the details behind this surprising reversal.
LeBatard started the conversation by accurately giving her the title of “America’s foremost authority on this subject.”
In no specific order, here are five eye-opening Weisensee Egan quotes from their conversation:
“You could see them ruling on this, and then throwing it out and then he gets a new trial. But, they ordered that he can not be tried for a third time and he is immediately released from prison. I really think his wealth, power and privilege came into play with the state supreme court.”
“After his mistrial in 2017 his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, came out and said (Cosby) was going to do what was called the “sexual assault tour,” go around the country and lecture to people how not to become arrested like he was. There was such an outcry that they cancelled it. Yesterday I was saying ‘I bet he’s going to do some kind of tour now,’ and sure enough Andrew Wyatt said ‘he’s going to do a tour around the country and he has a book and documentary coming out.”
“Watch, the first thing he also does is he’ll make a joke about drugging women’s drinks. He did it at one of his appearances after (he wasn’t charged) in 2005. He did it in January of 2015 after the scandal resurfaced again, and he made a joke about drugging a woman’s drink. I think you’re going to see that again too at one of his first public appearances.”
“I worked for a newspaper that never backed down to anybody. I’ve said, to this day I am convinced, there is no other news organization in the country that would have let me cover this case the way The Daily News did in 2005. So many people were scared of him, or wanted to befriend him, or were scared of his power. The Daily News was just a paper that was never scared of anyone.”
“I can tell you that the average normal poor defendant with a public defender does not get this type of decision. It bars the prosecution from trying him again and orders his immediate release. I was pretty blown away.”
Tony Cartagena is a former contributor to Barrett News Media. He has previously served as a Digital Content Manager for Audacy Minneapolis, a reporter and producer for ESPN Cleveland, Director of Content for ESPN Madison, and a producer for ‘Wilde & Tausch’. You can reach him on Twitter @TonyCartagena or by email at TonyJCartagena@gmail.com.
Chris Long Didn’t Like the Attention That Came With TV Analyst Work
“If I’m like ‘Damn I got to take a flight up there every week, I got to get suits’, then I don’t really want to do that.”
Former NFL defensive end Chris Long has found his niche in the media space as the host of The Green Light Podcast and it is an outlet that he has been very comfortable with in terms of expressing his opinions.
Long was a guest on The Season with Peter Schrager podcast and he told Schrager that on the occasions when he has been an analyst on television, the attention he got was not something he was completely comfortable with.
“Sure, I maybe could work towards having one of those good jobs, but I also understand there’s a big process with that.
“I’ve been at a crossroads at times as a media guy where I’m like ‘Should I just do that?’ If I got to ask myself, then I don’t really want it. If I’m like ‘Damn I got to take a flight up there every week, I got to get suits’, then I don’t really want to do that and honestly, the couple of times I’ve been on TV, I don’t like the attention.”
One of the reasons Long mentioned why he isn’t comfortable being on TV is he doesn’t want to feel like he has to perform and on his podcast, he can be himself.
“Being on TV, I get really uncomfortable performing. I don’t like performing and I don’t like being told what to say. Here, that never happens. For the most part, I think finding your groove in this side of things is just having conversations…It’s just a nice change of pace.”
Long also feels that in this day and age of social media, it’s a constant argument about any NFL point that is being made and that is not something he wants to deal with.
“The world of podcasting has gotten better where the money is very good. Maybe I’d be making a little less money starting out doing studio stuff. For me, I do not like — whether it’s Twitter or whether it’s a guy on the street — I’m over arguing with people.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media
“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.
New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.
Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.
The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.
Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts
“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.
“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”
The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.
Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.
“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”