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Jemele Hill Recalls ESPN Exec Getting Angry Reply When Texting Her Old Number

“He said, ‘Well, I was just a little concerned because you used some rough language.'”

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Wednesday’s headlines were dominated by Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins alleging racial discrimination in hiring practices.

As Flores’s lawyers explained on CBS Mornings, they decided to go ahead with the lawsuit after a text message exchange with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in which he confused with another of his former assistants, Brian Daboll.

The error inadvertently revealed that the New York Giants had already made a decision on hiring their head coach, demonstrating that Flores was only being interviewed to satisfy the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” mandating that minority candidates be considered.

Exposing the bad-faith process of NFL teams interviewing minority coaches obviously isn’t funny. But the idea of Belichick mixing up former assistants with the first name “Brian” is amusing.

On Wednesday’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, a serious discussion about racial discrimination in the NFL and Flores’s future as a head coach in the league was briefly broken up by Stugotz asking guest Jemele Hill if she had any funny stories about accidentally texting the wrong person or receiving a text message meant for someone else.

Hill said she’s received some raunchy text messages in the past accidentally, but didn’t go into detail. However, she did recall changing her phone number during the controversy over her tweets about then-president Donald Trump. And an ESPN executive texted Hill to check on her, only to find out that someone else now had that number and wasn’t happy about it.

You can hear the story at the 10:48 mark below:

“One of the senior executives at ESPN, after all this trouble was going down, did not realize I changed my number,” Hill explained. “So to my old number, he sent something asking if I was going to give a quote, something to address the Trump situation. And he got cussed out.

“So I see him and he’s like, ‘Hey, um, just want to be sure, are we OK?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re good. What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘Well, I was just a little concerned because you used some rough language.'”

Le Batard then asked Mike Ruiz if he could get Hill’s old number so they could call it and interview whoever yelled at that ESPN producer. Knowing the willingness of the Le Batard Show crew to pursue a bit, we may hear that conversation eventually. And hopefully, it makes for a great upcoming segment.

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Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak

“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

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Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.

Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.

“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.

“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.

In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.

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Shan & RJ: We Have Questions About Jerry Jones But Washington Post Report Isn’t One of Them

“We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the headlines last week ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game, but it was largely seen as something that didn’t need to be dragged out into the spotlight, and 105.3 The Fan hosts Shan and RJ agreed.

The Washington Post last week published a photo from 1957 showing a 14-year-old Jones among a crowd of onlookers as white students tried to block the path of some Black students attempting to enter his North Little Rock, Arkansas high school.

The piece focused on Jones, who is the Cowboys general manager, never hiring a Black head coach in the entire time he’s owned the franchise.

On Monday, Shan Shariff said it seemed a bit much to use that photo and article to paint Jones as some sort of racist.

“There’s certainly a bunch of stories out there that we know on and off the record about Jerry Jones that makes me question his morals,” he said. “We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

Cowboys insider Bobby Belt, who was filling in for co-host RJ Choppy on Shan & RJ, said Jones has likely evolved like a lot of people do over time. He didn’t think it was fair to necessarily say Jones was racist.

“I’m not gonna speak for anyone else but I don’t believe he’s racist,” Belt said. “I think there are enough people who have dealt with him who are African American who would tell you they don’t think he’s racist. But it’s still not a thing that you can just write off to ‘Oh I was just standing there.'”

Jones admitted to the Post that his football coach at the time told him and other players not to get involved or be among the crowd for that moment, but he went anyway.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

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For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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