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Brian Windhorst Thinks Aggregation Has Changed His Dealings With NBA Players

“It’s happened to me so many times that I can now understand what someone like LeBron goes through. I admit I have aggregated LeBron. It wasn’t called that, but I have absolutely been guilty of that.”

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Sometimes in this business, one quote can stand out from an interview subject and it can potentially get taken out of context of what the entire statement was. For ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst, he understands what an NBA player can go through with having their words taken out of context. 

Windhorst was a guest on the That’s What She Said with Sarah Spain podcast and he said having what he says aggregated by newspaper or blogs or websites has changed the way he goes about interviewing NBA players.

“It’s completely changed the way I deal with NBA players because I now am way, way, way more sensitive to what can happen to their words and totally guilty of it many times in my career of pulling one thing the player says out of six paragraphs and making it a headline. Probably will be guilty of it again, although I really try to avoid it.”

Windhorst understands that his readers might not want to read a long quote from a player, but from his own personal experiences, he has to be careful with judging what is important news.

“Sometimes, it’s warranted because some of that is news judgment. Sometimes, you listen to a player answer 11 questions and his answer on the 7th question could be really important. There is all these shades of grey in there. It’s happened to me so many times that I can now understand what someone like LeBron goes through. I admit I have aggregated LeBron. It wasn’t called that, but I have absolutely been guilty of that. I’m way more cognizant of trying to keep the context. If a player answers a question in 200 words, you can’t put 200 words there. The reader will be like I can’t take it. There’s a nuance there.” 

As Windhorst told Spain, he knows that a site such as this one will probably use what he says from the interview and he knows that whenever he does an interview, there’s a chance it will happen again and it’s changed how he has looked at the industry as a whole.

“There’s a chance that something that I said during this podcast will get aggregated that will cause me a headache. I know when I’m asked to do interviews, I know that I’m like ‘Well, probably going to face a blowback for something I said here…It’s changed the way I’ve looked at the business.” 

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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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