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Cowherd No Longer On ESPN

Jason Barrett

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Radio host Colin Cowherd no longer will appear on ESPN following comments he made questioning the intelligence of Dominican Republic players related to baseball one day earlier, the company said in a statement Friday.

“Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees,” ESPN said in a statement. “Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”

Cowherd issued an apology later Friday via Twitter.

I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.

Cowherd had said Thursday that he didn’t believe baseball was complex, saying a third of the sport was from the Dominican Republic, which had “not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities.”

Major League Baseball on Friday said Cowherd owes Dominican players an apology for the remarks, and the MLB Players Association also condemned his comments.

Earlier Friday, Cowherd addressed his remarks from Thursday during The Herd.

“I could’ve made the point without using one country, and there’s all sorts of smart people from the Dominican Republic,” Cowherd said. “I could’ve said a third of baseball’s talent is being furnished from countries with economic hardships, therefore educational hurdles. For the record, I used the Dominican Republic because they’ve furnished baseball with so many great players.”

Cowherd on Friday also cited reports and statistics to back up what he said about the country’s ranking when it comes to primary education.

“I understand that when you mention a specific country, they get offended,” Cowherd said. “I get it. I do. And for that, I feel bad. I do. But I have four reports in front of me … where there are discussions of major deficiencies in the education sector at all levels. … It wasn’t a shot at them. It was data. Five, seven years ago I talked about the same subject. Was I clunky? Perhaps. Did people not like my tone? I get it. Sometimes my tone stinks.

“I think when you host a radio show, just like Jon Stewart hosts a show, I think sometimes I bring up stuff … that makes people cringe. I’m not saying there’s not intelligent, educated people from the Dominican Republic. I cringe at the data, too.”

Major League Baseball issued its statement after Cowherd’s show aired Friday.

“Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game,” it said. “Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”

Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, also issued a statement in which he took issue with Cowherd’s response Friday to his original comments.

“As a veteran of 15 MLB seasons, I can assure you that our sport is infinitely more complex than some in the media would have you believe,” Clark said. “To suggest otherwise is ignorant, and to make an ignorant point by denigrating the intelligence of our Dominican members was not ‘clunky’ — it was offensive.

“These recent comments are particularly disappointing when viewed against the backdrop of the important work being done to celebrate and improve the cultural diversity of our game. Baseball’s partners and stakeholders should help such efforts, not undermine them.”

There were 83 Dominican players on Opening Day rosters this year, representing about 10 percent of all players in the majors.

The flap stems from Cowherd’s comments on Thursday, which were made while debating whether it was difficult for a front-office executive to take over managerial duties — using current Miami Marlins general manager/manager Dan Jennings as an example.

“It’s baseball,” Cowherd said Thursday. “You don’t think a general manager can manage? Like it’s impossible? The game is too complex? I’ve never bought into that, ‘Baseball’s just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have.

“Baseball is like any sport. It’s mostly instincts. A sports writer who covers baseball could go up to Tony La Russa and have a real baseball argument, and Tony would listen and it would seem reasonable. There’s not a single NFL writer in the country who could diagram a play for Bill Belichick. You know, we get caught up in this whole ‘thinking-man’s game.’ Is it in the same family? Most people could do it. It’s not being a concert pianist. It’s in the same family.”

Cowherd, who had been with ESPN for 12 years, announced earlier this week that he’s leaving the company for another business opportunity.

Credit to ESPN who originally published this article

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Marcus Spears: Tom Brady ‘Let His Ego Get in the Way’ of Taking FOX Sports Job Instead of Playing In 2022

“Should we remind everybody that Tom Brady’s got $375 million waiting on him at FOX? Or did we all forget about that?”

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It’s possible that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady decides to retire for good at the end of the 2022 season, but that remains to be seen.

Brady’s decision to unretire not long after originally saying he was done playing shocked the football world, and some questioned why he wanted to come back and not make the transition into the broadcast booth.

ESPN NFL analyst Marcus Spears told Dan Patrick on Tuesday that the contract Brady signed with FOX should be enough incentive for him to call it a career at season’s end. Patrick asked him whether he thought Brady or Packers QB Aaron Rodgers would be back in 2023, and Spears said he definitely felt like Rodgers would be back.

“Should we remind everybody that Tom Brady’s got $375 million waiting on him at FOX?” Spears asked. “Or did we all forget about that?”

Perhaps Brady felt like he had unfinished business on the field after the Bucs got steamrolled by the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams in the playoffs last season. But even if that was the case, Spears said Brady couldn’t help himself and just stay retired. Now Brady’s chickens have come home to roost.

“He is learning that his damn ego got in the way. That’s what he learned,” Spears said. “Because what happened in Tampa based on what he needs can happen next year. They can suffer injuries next year. New contracts, guy moving places, can happen next year.”

Spears added that despite the Bucs still leading the NFC South with six games left, there’s a lot going on internally with the team that could persuade Brady to hang it up after this season.

“Right now it’s a bunch of disarray in Tampa,” he said. “So even if he decides to come back, is Tampa the right place? We don’t know that.”

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Merrill Reese Doesn’t See Himself Doing Anything Other Than Calling Eagles Games

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When it comes to voices synonymous with Philadelphia sports, Merrill Reese is among them.

The radio voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Reese and his broadcast partner Mike Quick were recently featured on NBC’s TODAY. Reese, 80, said he still has a passion for what he does.

“I love it,” he said. “There’s nothing in the world I’d rather do than be out here broadcasting NFL football, especially the Eagles.”

Reese has been calling Eagles games for more than four decades. The job has evolved in a lot of ways since the days at Veterans Stadium, and Reese said despite having so much experience, it still involves putting in plenty of work.

“It’s a little bit different,” he said. “There are hours and hours and hours of preparation.”

But the product of that work, Quick added, makes listeners seem like just about anyone could do what they do.

“It’s so chatoic in the booth, but we have to make sure that it’s seamless,” Quick said. “It comes out like two guys just sitting and talking football.”

Reese and Quick are both members of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.

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Gregg Giannotti Asks Boomer Esiason If He’s Reuniting With Al Michaels

“Get (Kirk) Herbstreit out of there, and then you doing Amazon with Al Michaels. You could still do this job with that, though, I think.”

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Boomer and Gio

Boomer Esiason is content with the work he’s doing at WFAN and CBS, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.

On Tuesday’s edition of Boomer & Gio, Esiason told co-host Gregg Giannotti that he couldn’t watch the U.S. World Cup match against Iran with him, because he had an important lunch meeting to be at.

Gio wondered if that meant Boomer would be making a career move, but Esiason said it had to do with a charitable opportunity.

Still, Gio jokingly asked Boomer if he was being courted by Amazon to join forces again with Al Michaels on Thursday Night Football. Esiason shut that down quickly.

“No I don’t think so,” Boomer said.

Gio said he thought it would be interesting if Boomer got back with his former Monday Night Football broadcast partner.

“You and Al Michaels reunited. That would be some buzz around that, you kidding me?” Gio said. “Get (Kirk) Herbstreit out of there, and then you doing Amazon with Al Michaels. You could still do this job with that, though, I think.”

Boomer said that wasn’t happening, and reiterated that he had no plans on leaving WFAN or CBS.

“I kind of like the jobs I have. I love the jobs I have, actually,” he said. “I laugh a lot here which is great, and I laugh a lot on The NFL Today which is great.”

Esiason joined Michaels and Dan Dierdorf in the MNF booth for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. ABC parted ways with Boomer in 2000, and Esiason has said he and Michaels just never worked well together.

“It’s hard to do your job when you’re trying to offer humor and be provocative and the guy next to you isn’t trying to bring it out in you,” Esiason told The New York Times in March 2000. “Al could have been better for me, and I tried with him, but it never clicked with me because he never wanted it to click.”

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