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Judge Rules For PGA In Hank Haney Lawsuit Over SiriusXM Firing

“SiriusXM and the tour issued statements calling the comments “insensitive,” as Haney never returned to SiriusXM.”

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Hank Haney’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour reached a verdict in recent days. The legal pursuit stemmed from comments he made in May 2019 on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio that critics and the tour itself labeled insensitive.

U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz II granted summary judgment to the PGA Tour in the case on Aug. 19. Judge Ruiz wrote Haney, “has found water [and] the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not provide for mulligans.”

Hank Haney made the following comments in a back-and-forth with Steve Johnson surrounding the U.S. Women’s Open participants.

Johnson: This week is the 47th U.S. Women’s Open, Hank.

Haney: Oh it is? I’m gonna predict a Korean.

Johnson: OK, that’s a pretty safe bet.

Haney: I couldn’t name you six players on the LPGA Tour. Maybe I could. Well…I’d go with Lee. If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right.

Johnson: We’ve got six Lees.

SiriusXM and the tour issued statements calling the comments “insensitive,” as Haney never returned to SiriusXM. That development is the basis for Haney’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour, which instructed SiriusXM to take him off the show. 

Haney’s attorneys argued that his comments were never meant to offend anyone and that he correctly analyzed the tournament. Six “Lees” participated in the event, and one of them was the victor in Jeongeun Lee of South Korea.

“In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korean players on the tour, I offended people, and I am sorry,” Hank Haney wrote in a formal apology.

Haney has never been back on the payroll at SiriusXM since making the comments two years ago. Haney’s legal team negotiated a buyout with the company in June 2019. Haney now hosts the Hank Haney Podcast, which is distributed by iHeartMedia.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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