Peter Schrager has grown his profile to be one of the largest media members covering the NFL. He relived a lesson he learned from now-Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera during an appearance on Pardon My Take.
During the 2016 season, Rivera benched Cam Newton for not wearing a tie on the plane before playing the Seattle Seahawks. He was replaced by backup Derek Anderson, who threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the game’s opening play, en route to a 40-7 loss.
On the Monday edition of Good Morning Football, Schrager heavily criticized Rivera for his stance.
“The next morning I come in and I think ‘Here’s my moment. I’m gonna go viral. I’m gonna come out and take Ron Rivera to task.’ I don’t know Ron Rivera from anyone, but alright, I’m gonna take him down,” Schrager told the Barstool Sports podcast. “I get a text from Brandon Beane — who’s now the GM with the Bills but was in Carolina — and he’s like ‘Ooh boy. I just saw what you said, and Ron’s in the room with me. You might wanna call Ron’. And I thought ‘Call Ron? I don’t know him!’ I maybe did like a press conference at the Super Bowl or whatever.
“The next week, I was doing sidelines, I look at my FOX schedule, and you can’t make it up, I got Atlanta at Carolina,” Schrager continued. “So I’ve got to sit in a room — like this — with Ron Rivera. I’m shitting a brick the entire week. Cause A) I’m sure there’s a reason why (I got this game) and B) I went way overboard with it. I’m talking about losing his job, all this stuff. So I get in there and Beane stops me and he’s with Steven Drummond who’s their PR guy, and they’re like ‘Ron is looking to talk to you’ and I’m like ‘Ahh shit’.
“So I come in, and Ron reads me the riot act out of the gate. ‘Who the eff do you think you are? You’re nobody. You think you’re hot, I’ve never seen you. I don’t know you.’ And then he looks at those guys and says ‘I’m just f—ing with you’.
“And he says ‘I’m just f—ing with you, but everything I said is absolutely true. But let this be a lesson. Here’s my number — and you’re gonna learn this as you get into this role. I hope you’re not doing this for one season. You’re gonna learn this, if you’ve got something that’s really critical — and you want to be the Skip Bayless and you want to have that take — here’s my number. Let’s talk before you go on air.’ So he can explain it but I’m still authentic.”
Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.
Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.
LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.
On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.
Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?
“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism
“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.
During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.
“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.
“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.
“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.
The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.
After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.
No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.