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Charles Barkley, Draymond Green Address Beef On The Arena
“Champion ends the segment by pointedly asking if Barkley and Greene still have a beef with one another.”
The opening night of TNT’s documentary The Arena covered some weighty topics including NBA players’ role in addressing social justice when they return to play, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell fearing for his life after testing positive for COVID-19 and Dwayne Wade’s Tweets. But before they could start the in studio discussion, host Cari Champion asked panelist Charles Barkley and Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green to address their ongoing feud.
“Can you two get along?”
Champion’s question is a fair one, considering Barkley and Green’s history. Their feud started in the 2018 playoffs when Barkley became frustrated with Green’s style of play, causing the NBA on TNT analyst to say he wanted to punch Green in the face. Green welcomed Barkley to do just that the next time the pair met and they have been exchanging verbal jabs ever since.
They seemed to have put aside their differences aside in order to focus on the more pressing issues The Arena addresses.
“I like Draymond. I really do,” Barkley said. “He annoys me when he’s on the court because, well just ask him if he has ever committed a foul. For me, it was more that I’m on TV a lot of hours every day. I have to come up with things to talk about.”
Green, who said in USA Today that he and Barkley were not close friends, was not as conciliatory in his response, but admitted he respected Barkley.
“He’s a Black man, I respect him,” Green said. “The issue that I’ve had is, a lot of people watch the game of basketball and don’t know what they’re looking at. So when they look at Chuck or they look at different guys who have these platforms, they take what you’re saying and they listen to that and they run with that. So where as for me, it hasn’t necessarily affected my pockets, but there are a lot of guys in this league that people run with what guys say on these platforms, and it affects guys’ pockets, and that’s the issue that I’ve had.”
Green says he made his feelings known on Stephen Jackson’s All the Smoke podcast in April, but says there are more important issues at stake than his personal feelings.
“As a Black man, you got to support the next Black man. You can’t keep putting the next Black man down,” Green said. “I understand that there’s a job to do, but I also know I’ve done too many great things in this league and won a lot, to hear some of the stuff he has been saying about me.”
Champion ends the segment by pointedly asking if Barkley and Green still have a beef with one another.
“For the sake of unity, there is no beef,” Green said. “Absolutely none,” Barkley agreed.
The Arena continues nightly through Friday from 8-9pm on TNT.
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sean McManus: LIV Golfers Won’t Get Different Treatment During The Masters
“We’re not gonna put our heads in the sand.”
CBS Sports is preparing for coverage of its 68th consecutive year of The Masters, but the 2023 event could prove to be unlike any before it, and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus is cognizant of the situation.
After several former Masters champions departed the PGA Tour for the upstart LIV Golf, many pondered what that meant for the sport’s major championships. The Masters decided to continue to allow the golfers who are now playing exclusively with the Saudi-backed league to compete for the green jacket. McManus shared that CBS will continue the showcase the golfers as it always has.
“We’re not gonna cover up or hide anything,” McManus said, as reported by Golf Digest. “As I’ve said so often, our job is to cover the golf tournament. We’re not gonna show any different treatment for the golfers who have played on the LIV tour than we do the other golfers. And if there’s a pertinent point or something that we need to, or we feel that we should bring up in our coverage on Saturday and Sunday, or on our other coverage throughout the week, you know, we’re not gonna put our heads in the sand.
“Having said that, unless it really affects the story that’s taking place on the golf course, we’re not gonna go out of our way to cover it. I’m not sure there’s anything that we could add to the story as it already exists. We’ll cover it as, as is suitable.”
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NFL Owners Not Voting on Flex Scheduling For Thursday Night Football
“The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.”
Amazon will have to wait for flex scheduling. NFL owners decided to table a proposal that would allow the league to create more compelling matchups for Thursday Night Football later in the season.
That doesn’t mean flex scheduling won’t be a reality on Thursday nights this season. The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.
Earlier this week, Peter King of NBC Sports reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing the idea. Coaches have been outspoken about how much they dislike it, complaining about managing injuries and the competitive disadvantage that would come with finding out you suddenly have a shorter week of preparation than expected. According to King, Goodell is trying to make Amazon happy after the first season of Thursday Night Football failed to deliver projected audience numbers for Prime Video.
League owners did take a step they hope will lead to fewer games between losing teams. Last season, teams could only be scheduled once for a Thursday night game. The owners decided to bump that limit up to twice per season.
Goodell defended the proposal against accusations that the league is prioritizing revenue over player safety.
“We always look at the data with respect to injuries,” he told the media gathered at the league meetings. “That is what drove our decisions throughout the first 12 or so years of Thursday Night Football and how it’s evolved. I think the data was very clear: it doesn’t show a higher injury rate. But we recognize shorter weeks. We went through this with COVID, too.”
When the idea of flex scheduling is revisited in May, it will require the support of 24 team owners in order to become a reality.
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Eric Shanks Got Approval From Alex Rodriguez Before FOX Hired Derek Jeter
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?”
Derek Jeter is going to work a very limited schedule for FOX next season. Still, before he came on board, FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks wanted the support of Jeter’s former Yankees teammate and on-again/off-again friend Alex Rodriguez.
Andrew Marchand is reporting that Shanks reached out to ARod personally. Rodriguez gave his approval to the network.
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?” a Fox Sports spokesman said when The New York Post reached out for confirmation.
While Derek Jeter is now part of the FOX family, fans shouldn’t expect to see him every time baseball is on the network. He is only scheduled to work “marquee events”. This season, those include the London series, the All-Star Game, and the World Series.
He will be at the desk alongside Kevin Burkhardt, David Ortíz, and Rodriguez.