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Bill Cosby Case Gains Dan Le Batard Show’s Attention

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Nicki Weisensee Egan has covered the Bill Cosby case since 2005.

She has sat down with and listened to his victims.

Over the course of the past 16 years, Weisensee Egan has dedicated her life to this specific case, writing a book, producing a podcast and printing countless words that revealed the truth about America’s former “TV dad.”

In 2018, Cobsy was convicted on sexual assault charges and sentenced to serve three-to-10 years in a maximum security prison outside of Philadelphia.

On Wednesday that conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Cosby was immediately released.

The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz Podcast took a break from sports on Thursday, as they’ve often done since leaving ESPN at the start of the calendar year, and were joined by Weisensee Egan to discuss the details behind this surprising reversal.

LeBatard started the conversation by accurately giving her the title of “America’s foremost authority on this subject.”

In no specific order, here are five eye-opening Weisensee Egan quotes from their conversation:

“You could see them ruling on this, and then throwing it out and then he gets a new trial. But, they ordered that he can not be tried for a third time and he is immediately released from prison. I really think his wealth, power and privilege came into play with the state supreme court.”

“After his mistrial in 2017 his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, came out and said (Cosby) was going to do what was called the “sexual assault tour,” go around the country and lecture to people how not to become arrested like he was. There was such an outcry that they cancelled it. Yesterday I was saying ‘I bet he’s going to do some kind of tour now,’ and sure enough Andrew Wyatt said ‘he’s going to do a tour around the country and he has a book and documentary coming out.”

“Watch, the first thing he also does is he’ll make a joke about drugging women’s drinks. He did it at one of his appearances after (he wasn’t charged) in 2005. He did it in January of 2015 after the scandal resurfaced again, and he made a joke about drugging a woman’s drink. I think you’re going to see that again too at one of his first public appearances.”

“I worked for a newspaper that never backed down to anybody. I’ve said, to this day I am convinced, there is no other news organization in the country that would have let me cover this case the way The Daily News did in 2005. So many people were scared of him, or wanted to befriend him, or were scared of his power. The Daily News was just a paper that was never scared of anyone.”

“I can tell you that the average normal poor defendant with a public defender does not get this type of decision. It bars the prosecution from trying him again and orders his immediate release. I was pretty blown away.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

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.

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