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Doug Gottlieb: Ime Udoka Coverage Not Centered On Race

“For people like — I’ll just say it — Stephen A. Smith to question why this has come out, what are the other possibilities?”

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Last week, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was suspended for the duration of the 2022-2023 season for an improper relationship he had with a team employee. Many speculated on the identity of the woman, while other pundits said the only reason Udoka’s infidelity came to light was because of his race. Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb pushed back on that assertation.

“The biggest issue is the media coverage of it and even in the Twitter-sphere,” Gottlieb said. “Not just trying to search for ‘What woman was it? Who could it be?’, but we have this ridiculous part of the media. And I am part of the media, you’ll have people go on TV or radio and go ‘the media, the media, the media’, hey dude, if you’re on TV and you’re representing ESPN or ABC, FOX, NBC, you’re part of the media. I’m part of the media. We are part of the problem.

“Twitter is a cesspool,” Gottlieb continued. “And I know, I participate in it. It has its use for me. It has its use for our business. It is a great way to communicate and a great way to read breaking stories and be a news feed. But you have people on Twitter who want to relate this story to the Brett Favre story. Or they want to ask ‘Why are we finding out about Ime Udoka when this has occurred in other places?’. That’s for Twitter, but for people like — I’ll just say it — Stephen A. Smith to question why this has come out, what are the other possibilities?”

Gottlieb continued by saying the idea that Udoka’s transgressions came to light simply because of his race is outlandish, pointing to other scandals that focused on power dynamics.

“It all links to this thing that we’ve become, which is gross, and I think we know what it is, but unless we say it, if we tip-toe around it, it becomes the elephant in the room,” The Doug Gottlieb Show host said. “Ime Udoka is black. I don’t know how to point that out to you, but he is, in fact, a black man and a very successful one at that. So is that the reason he’s being pointed out? No.

“If you’re not looking in the narrow focus of this story you realize whether it’s CBS why they made a change, Fox News, look at all the changes they made there. NBC and the Today Show. Ever heard of Matt Lauer? This is not a new story, this is a new element to the overall story. But this is not a new story.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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