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Richard Jefferson Calls Out Skip Bayless For Using His Quote Out of Context

Jefferson’s initial quote centered around trying to calm New York Knicks fans who want to see the Brooklyn Nets in a playoff series.

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Skip Bayless isn’t one to shy away from offering a hot take. This week, the Undisputed co-host used remarks from former NBA player and current analyst Richard Jefferson during his appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” to argue that Kevin Durant is better than LeBron James. 

Jefferson’s initial quote centered around trying to calm New York Knicks fans who want to see the Brooklyn Nets in a playoff series. 

“I had LeBron James on my team, and I didn’t want to see Kevin Durant,” Jefferson said. 

Although the quote doesn’t have context or any further explanation, it didn’t stop it from being discussed on “Undisputed between Bayless and his co-host Shannon Sharpe. 

“Thank you, Richard Jefferson; he finally summed up what I’ve been trying to tell you for about three years on this show; Kevin Durant is the best player on this planet,” Bayless said. 

“I had LeBron on my team, and I didn’t wanna see [Durant] coming. What’s the translation? Because he’s better than my guy LeBron, that’s all you need to know.”

However, there’s one issue that’s not precisely what Jefferson said, and the 40-year-old took to Twitter and applied context to his comments. 

“That wasn’t my context or my translation,” Jefferson wrote on Twitter. “It’s crazy how people get to behave when you don’t have to look the athletes in the [eyes].”

Bayless would respond to Jefferson’s tweet on Twitter, inviting the former NBA player to the debate desk to offer any clarification to his comments regarding Durant and James. 

“HEY, RICHARD JEFFERSON: Just saw what you tweeted about me. No, I would LOVE to “look you in the eye” on Undisputed ANY DAY YOU WANT,” Bayless tweeted

“We can discuss EXACTLY what you said about LeBron/KD. I’ve tried to get LeBron on the show for years. Maybe you can help set that up. See you soon.”

Don’t expect Jefferson to be on “Undisputed” anytime soon as ESPN and Fox Sports rarely share their talents. 

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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