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Dan Dakich: Media Has To Be Man Enough To Apologize To Ben Simmons

“I’m’ not saying that at the time they didn’t just go with the information they had, but what I am saying is now that you have this information and you got it wrong, isn’t it time to apologize?”

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Ben Simmons has been one of the major talking points during the 2021-22 NBA season despite never stepping foot on a basketball court.

Controversy arose when Simmons asked for a trade after receiving a bulk of the blame following Philadelphia’s brutal exit from the playoffs in 2021. The franchise waited until nearly half the season was over, to eventually trade their beleaguered star to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden.

However, once Simmons got to Brooklyn, fans and the media alike were still criticizing Simmons for failing to return to the court. Some said he was being “selfish” for sitting on the bench while the Nets were on the ropes against Boston in the playoffs and some even went as far as to say he’s using “mental health” issues as a scapegoat.

Former college basketball coach and current OutKick contributor Dan Dakich went on the record during his daily digital show Don’t @ Me, declaring that the media owes Simmons a huge apology after news broke Thursday that he needed and had successful surgery on his back.

“I bet you anything you want that you won’t see one apology from one media member towards Ben Simmons saying, ‘hey, look, I got it wrong’,” Dakich said Thursday. “I’m’ not saying that at the time they didn’t just go with the information they had, but what I am saying is now that you have this information and you got it wrong, isn’t it time to apologize?”

Dakich apologized himself for anything negative he may have said about Simmons, even admitting he forgets half of what he says on-air, attirbuting it to speaking for five hours a day between his shows for Outkick and 107.5 The Fan.

“If I did [rip Simmons] I certainly apologize. You got to be man enough to realize your wrong. Ben Simmons having to have surgery, I mean damn, he shouldn’t have played.”

One the main media personalities Dakich pointed out was ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who’s been one of the more vocal critics of the All-Star point guard ever since his problems with Philly.

After learning of the news and discussing it on First Take, Smith made it very clear that his stance has not changed on Simmons.

“I don’t believe whatever aliment he suffered is truly what prevented him from contributing 10-15 minutes a game. I know, ok, your having back surgery and that’s something you have to deal with, but I’m still at a loss,” Smith said on Thursday’s edition First Take. “I mean what the hell did you do, hit a pothole on the Jersey Turnpike? You didn’t play since last June 20th. How the hell did you get a back injury? I’m still trying to figure that out.”

The former #1 overall pick had back surgery to reduce pain from a herniated disc on Thursday and he said on his Instagram story that the procedure was a success. Simmons’s injury stems back two years ago in 2020 where he missed several games with back issues.

Simmons is expected to receiver from the surgery fully in the next 3-4 months.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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