Brett Favre’s Lawyer: ‘Mississippi Jury Will Make Sure Pat McAfee Learns To Apologize’
“If it bankrupts him, then he will learn his lesson about you don’t try to promote yourself by inappropriately and improperly attacking somebody else.”
Brett Favre’s lawyer sounds ready for a fight with Pat McAfee. Eric Herschmann was a guest this week on The Blaze TV’s Fearless with Jason Whitlock. He told Whitlock that he is ready to see the former NFL punter in court.
Herschmann and Favre filed three defamation suits last week. McAfee, FS1’s Shannon Sharpe, and Mississippi State Auditor Shad White are the defendants.
“It’s obvious when you listen to Pat McAfee, he never read any of the complaints,” Hershmann told Whitlock. “He didn’t read the motion to dismiss. He just decided to get on his show and get as much attention as he could.”
According to Herschmann, McAfee accused Brett Favre of “stealing from poor people”. The funds he advocated go towards a new volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi came from the state’s welfare fund.
Favre has claimed that he had no way of knowing that was the case. Adam Ganucheau of the nonprofit media outlet Mississippi Today published text messages in September that shows Favre was concerned about the media finding out where the money from the project had come from, although he never specifically mentions that the money was initially intended for welfare recipients.
Herschmann said that he was taken aback by Pat McAfee essentially challenging Favre on his show after the lawsuits were filed. On Friday, McAfee said “see you in court, pal” while discussing the upcoming legal battle.
“He — contrary to what Shannon Sharpe was probably told, that it is a good time to keep your mouth shut — decided to go on and speak again and make a joke that he doesn’t have a lawyer and that his wife says he is really terrible about apologizing,” Herschmann said. “Well, I can guarantee to you the jury in Mississippi will make certain he learns how to apologize.”
Herschmann made a bold prediction about the outcome of the case. He said that this will cost Pat McAfee “millions of dollars” and that “if it bankrupts him, then he will learn his lesson about you don’t try to promote yourself by inappropriately and improperly attacking somebody else.”
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:
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional 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, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
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