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Jason Whitlock: ESPN Departure Sent Out ‘Bat Signal’ That ‘Masculinity Wasn’t Tolerated’

“I’m not scared of none of them because the truth’s on my side, and I know how to articulate it. These athletes don’t, and they need to be backed up by someone with a pair.”

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Jason Whitlock left ESPN in 2015 and during a discussion on his digital show for The Blaze TV, he said the reason he departed the network was because he was too manly.

“I’m gonna say something that some of the audience — some of the audience — will be like ‘Whitlock is just self-serving, self-aggrandizing, patting himself on the back’ but I’m sorry, it’s just factual: When ESPN ran me out of there, that was them sending out a bat signal. Men with balls aren’t welcome. We don’t want any real mean. We want feminized men.

“Because I was the intellectual backbone for masculine men at ESPN. That’s what I represented. They run me off, and they say ‘No, guys, you see Bomani Jones, Howard Bryant, these feminized men? That’s our blueprint. That’s the kind of masculine energy we want to come from these guys. Highly feminized, and have a matriarchal point of view and are basically Yasss Queens themselves.'”

Whitlock added that former athletes that work in analyst roles at ESPN “aren’t smart enough” to stand up to executives to let them get their points across on TV.

“What Jalen Rose doesn’t understand, Jay Williams doesn’t understand, Kendrick Perkins, what they don’t understand is they can’t be themselves without someone like me that’s able to argue down and stand toe to toe with all these Ivy League executives they’ve got and all these other little feminists they got running around there. I’m not scared of none of them because the truth’s on my side, and I know how to articulate it. These athletes don’t, and they need to be backed up by someone with a pair, and what they’re finding out is Stephen A. Smith’s pair ain’t big enough. He’s not smart enough to stand toe to toe with these guys. He can occasionally put Malika Andrews — a child — in her place, but for the long haul — the real fight — with the executives, and all the feminists running wild, the feminized male executives running around there, they’re not smarter.

Whitlock concluded by saying he wasn’t personally attack anyone at ESPN.

“Dave Roberts is the executive backing Stephen A. Smtih, he’s not smart enough. I’m not trying to pick on any of these guys, I’m just telling you the facts. They don’t have anybody on the inside to back them up intellectually and explain these situations to them and for them on the air to give them the room to be real men and now Jay Williams understands that.”

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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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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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