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Dan McNeil: I Didn’t Want To Hurt Maria Taylor

Dan McNeil spoke with Sam Michel on WJOB regarding a variety of topics, including his firing over his tweet concerning Maria Taylor.

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Former Chicago sports radio host Dan McNeil joined Sam Michel of WJOB last week to discuss a variety of topics, including the tweet about ESPN host/analyst Maria Taylor that led to his firing. During a September 2020 broadcast of Monday Night Football, McNeil tweeted a picture of Taylor with the caption, “NFL sideline reporter or a host for the AVN annual awards presentation?” The AVN awards are given out to those in the adult film industry.

McNeil was swiftly fired by 670 The Score in Chicago, with many condemning the tweet for both its overt and subtle themes. While speaking with Michel, McNeil said he did not mean disrespect to Taylor, but rather just commented on her fashion choices.

“Of course I regret it, I didn’t mean to hurt anybody,” he said. “Intention is impossible to prove, I didn’t want to hurt anybody. I made a comment that was critical about her fashion and I crossed the line.”

He continued down the path of the fashion element, saying the seemingly-benign outfit was previously “unseen on Monday Night Football,” and that if Kyle Brandt of Good Morning Football wore a “sleeveless leather vest, tight-fitting pants and a cowboy hat” he would have commented, as well. McNeil then discussed his feelings on bullying, though it was not clear which role he felt he was playing in the matter.

“I certainly think bullying in this world is disgusting when the rate of suicide has risen so much in teenagers who get bullied on social media, but at the same time we are talking about a MNF reporter,” he said. “I’m from the era (of) fair game, major celebrity, major platform, salute, it doesn’t get any bigger than Monday Night Football. It was a fashion critique.”

McNeil claimed he was paid to occasionally cross the line, and was told to “punch below the belt.” He strongly denied any accusations of being racist, only that he is old and of a different era. The clip ends with McNeil sounding more morose that the times have changed as opposed to what he said about Taylor.

“Those who favor a more gentle way are getting their way. I don’t agree with it, but I guess I don’t have any choice to accept it because I don’t have a radio job, and I won’t get another one.”

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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