Chris Long: Marcellus Wiley’s Comments Are Why Players Suffer Silently
“The point of this is avoiding the next thing we didn’t see. If everyone was talking like Marcellus Wiley, nobody would be talking about this stuff.”
Last week, one of the main topics in the NFL was players dealing with mental health issues. On his show, Speak For Yourself, Marcellus Wiley responded to Lane Johnson’s decision to retire and Calvin Ridley stepping away from the game for mental health reasons by saying the NFL isn’t for people who are physically or mentally weak.
Chris Long played with Lane Johnson in Philadelphia in 2017 and 2018 and responded back to Wiley with a tweet by defending his teammate as Long took issue with the way that mental health and mental weakness was combined.
Chris Long decided to take time on his Friday podcast, Green Light With Chris Long, to address Wiley publicly because according to Long, Wiley’s words “made [his] blood boil.”
As Long continues to try to raise awareness about of mental health issues, he hopes that not everyone ends up talking like Wiley. He said it will only hurt the situation.
“The point of this is avoiding the next thing we didn’t see. If everyone was talking like Marcellus Wiley, nobody would be talking about this stuff. Then, we would have more guys who struggle silently and then snap. That’s what we are trying to avoid. He was teammates with Junior Seau, which is part of the thing which respectfully I did not get when I heard that.”
Nothing Marcellus Wiley said indicated that he knew specifics of either Lane Johnson’s or Calvin Ridley’s struggles. According to Chris Long, speaking about these issues without an informed point of view does not help.
“I think when it comes to these situations, the point that we are missing here, some of us, is I don’t think it’s necessary that you give guys or girls gold medals when they talk about this shit, but you have to just respect their mental health. That’s literally it. If you don’t know anything about their situation, maybe just respect it.”
Long said that Wiley was welcome to come on the show and further talk about his comments. He thought about sending him a direct message but decided not to because Wiley didn’t direct message Johnson on Twitter.
“I totally respect what that show’s about. You got to do your numbers, you got to get your clicks, and sometimes you got to go to work and say some disingenuous shit, I get that. But, when it crosses over and it touches someone personally that’s in the business that you are commenting on, people are not going to respond well to it…Sometimes, it’s ok to be pissed off at some dumb s**t you heard on the internet. Doesn’t mean I don’t respect Marcellus or like him…Just give these guys their respect right now and the next guys won’t have to struggle quietly.”
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Dan Le Batard: ‘Does Sports Media Care if Interviews Are Done Well?’
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is.”
Mike Greenberg had praise for Jalen Rose this week. He said that no one but his ESPN colleague could have handled the interview with Ja Morant that has been airing on the network. Dan Le Batard has the exact opposite opinion of what he saw.
“What I saw was soft and didn’t seem to serve anybody except ESPN,” Le Batard said on his Thursday show. “This seems to be a lot of people around the economy of basketball and Ja Morant orchestrating an interview so Ja Morant can move onto the next stage of his branding.”
Whereas Greenberg thought the shared experience of an NBA career made Rose more likely to get answers from Morant, Le Batard said it created a problem. He accused Rose of letting Morant get away with using “talking points” in lieu of answering any actual questions about the string of erratic behavior and disturbing incidents the Memphis Grizzlies star has been involved with.
It wasn’t the only interview that Dan Le Batard pointed to. He noted that Pat McAfee’s interview with Aaron Rodgers may have drawn an audience of nearly half a million, but very little substance was offered.
“Does anybody in the audience, in sports fandom, or even, at this point, in sports media companies, care in a real and legitimate way whether the interview is done well or not?”
He added that the standard has changed for these interviews because the goal has changed. They are no longer about journalism as much as they are about branding, particularly in the case of ESPN’s exclusive interview with Ja Morant.
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is,” Le Batard concluded. “All you need, if you’re the media partner, is please get me the famous guy to sit down.”
Jomboy, Aaron Boone Partner For Weekly Podcast Appearance
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following.”
It isn’t unusual for a professional sports team to partner with a local radio station for weekly interviews with team personnel. Even though Jomboy Media is a digital outlet, it didn’t stop the company from inking a deal to have Yankees manager Aaron Boone on one of its signature podcasts.
In a move announced Thursday, Jomboy Media has signed a deal for Boone to appear on its popular Talkin’ Yanks podcast — hosted by founder Jimmy O’Brien and Jake Storiale — once a week throughout the baseball season.
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following,” Boone told The New York Post. “I think Jimmy and Jake are both really good guys. And they’re passionate about what they do, and they love the Yankees. And, sometimes they’re a little misguided and it’s my chance to set the record straight every now and then.”
Previously, Boone had a weekly spot on 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show, which reportedly paid him six figures.
“It’s going to be really fun and it kind of goes with the changing landscape of media,” O’Brien said. “The fact that two fans can create a show and in five years get to the point where they get to ask questions to the manager of the Yankees and bring whatever insight we can get out of that to our audience — it is pretty wild, a little surreal.”
Sports Media Reacts to Aaron Rodgers Telling Adam Schefter ‘Lose My Number’
“Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday and revealed that if he gets his way, his time with the Green Bay Packers is done. He intends to play for the New York Jets in 2023.
Rodgers told McAfee that the hang-up lies with Green Bay, which is trying to determine the appropriate compensation for trading for a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Rodgers also revealed that he had an interaction with ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefter, who was obviously digging as much as he could to get the scoop on what was going on with Rodgers’ future, texted Rodgers trying to confirm the information he had.
“I didn’t respond to Dianna Russini I think her name is,” Rodgers said. “But I would say the same thing that I told Schefty. Lose my number. Nice try.”
Upon hearing Rodgers’ account, Schefter followed up with a screenshot of Rodgers responding exactly how he said, and that sent social media into a whirlwind.
Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet:
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