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Dan Dakich: Adam Silver Has ‘The Media On His Side’, Defends Nick Friedell

“Nick Friedell is one of the great, great, great dudes,” Dakich said. “Not a fantastic friend of mine, but I’ve known Nick.”

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Kyrie Irving attempted to rectify in some fashion on Thursday the situation stemming from his deleted tweet giving a platform to an antisemitic movie. He and the Brooklyn Nets collectively gave $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. Irving spoke to reporters where he reiterated his comments from earlier in the week that he respects people’s religious beliefs and that he isn’t an antisemite. But Dan Dakich of Outkick didn’t believe the donations were sincere.

He said on his show Don’t @ Me that he thought it was all baloney, and that he couldn’t believe NBA commissioner Adam Silver hadn’t directly spoken out against Irving despite many calling for Irving to be disciplined.

“I got two words for ya, my backside. Let me tell you something. It’s garbage that he did this, it’s garbage that he hasn’t been suspended,” Dakich said. “It’s garbage that he can buy his way out, and it’s more garbage that the quote most woke, most inclusive and oh by the way Jewish commissioner in basketball is too afraid of his players to say anything.

“He’s got the media on his side. But the truth of the matter is not a word out of this guy. Not one word,” he added.

Dakich went to the defense of ESPN reporter Nick Friedell, whose back and forth with Irving earlier this week sparked a firestorm about the Nets star presumably holding antisemitic beliefs.

“Nick Friedell is one of the great, great, great dudes,” Dakich said. “Not a fantastic friend of mine, but I’ve known Nick.”

But Dakich, who noted his brother married into a Jewish family and that his niece and nephew are Jewish, found it hard to fathom that Silver, who is also Jewish, would let Irving’s actions and words go unchecked and undisciplined.

“It offends me like no other that this jackass — this dumbass — can go out say whatever he wants – promote whatever he wants – and you buy your way out of it and not one word from Adam Silver,” he said. “Not a word, and if he said a word then I missed it. You tell me where.”

At the time of Dakich’s show Silver and the league office had remained silent. But just after 11:00 AM on Thursday the NBA released a statement from Silver, who said he was disappointed Irving did not apologize or denounce the content of the film he promoted.

Silver plans to meet with Irving soon to further discuss the situation.

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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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