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Jemele Hill Recalls ESPN Exec Getting Angry Reply When Texting Her Old Number

“He said, ‘Well, I was just a little concerned because you used some rough language.'”

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Wednesday’s headlines were dominated by Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins alleging racial discrimination in hiring practices.

As Flores’s lawyers explained on CBS Mornings, they decided to go ahead with the lawsuit after a text message exchange with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in which he confused with another of his former assistants, Brian Daboll.

The error inadvertently revealed that the New York Giants had already made a decision on hiring their head coach, demonstrating that Flores was only being interviewed to satisfy the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” mandating that minority candidates be considered.

Exposing the bad-faith process of NFL teams interviewing minority coaches obviously isn’t funny. But the idea of Belichick mixing up former assistants with the first name “Brian” is amusing.

On Wednesday’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, a serious discussion about racial discrimination in the NFL and Flores’s future as a head coach in the league was briefly broken up by Stugotz asking guest Jemele Hill if she had any funny stories about accidentally texting the wrong person or receiving a text message meant for someone else.

Hill said she’s received some raunchy text messages in the past accidentally, but didn’t go into detail. However, she did recall changing her phone number during the controversy over her tweets about then-president Donald Trump. And an ESPN executive texted Hill to check on her, only to find out that someone else now had that number and wasn’t happy about it.

You can hear the story at the 10:48 mark below:

“One of the senior executives at ESPN, after all this trouble was going down, did not realize I changed my number,” Hill explained. “So to my old number, he sent something asking if I was going to give a quote, something to address the Trump situation. And he got cussed out.

“So I see him and he’s like, ‘Hey, um, just want to be sure, are we OK?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re good. What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘Well, I was just a little concerned because you used some rough language.'”

Le Batard then asked Mike Ruiz if he could get Hill’s old number so they could call it and interview whoever yelled at that ESPN producer. Knowing the willingness of the Le Batard Show crew to pursue a bit, we may hear that conversation eventually. And hopefully, it makes for a great upcoming segment.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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