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Clay Travis Questions NASCAR Noose Story

“Tuesday morning Travis retweeted a photo that insinuates the noose was a pull rope for the garage door circulated by the website The Last Refuge which has called the incident “fake.”

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Outkick The Coverage host Clay Travis cast doubt on whether a noose was found hanging in the garage of African-American NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace ahead of Monday’s race in Talladega. Wallace supported the banning of The Confederate Battle Flag at NASCAR events and sported a Black Lives Matter color scheme for his Number 43 car at a recent race.

Tuesday morning Travis retweeted a photo that insinuates the noose was a pull rope for the garage door circulated by the website The Last Refuge which has called the incident “fake.” The Last Refuge has a history of propagating several other alt-right conspiracy theories.

In a reply to his first tweet, Travis adds, “If someone committed a hate crime, ban them from the sport for life and charge them with crimes. But we need a full explanation from NASCAR and we need it today.”

Travis’ tweet had received 689 likes and 231 retweets within the first hour after being posted. This is not the first time Travis has used his platform to cast doubt on racial incidents toward athletes. In 2017, Travis tweeted that there was no evidence that NBA star LeBron James had racial slurs painted on the front gate of his home, adding that James’ claims that the incident happened were excuses for James being beaten in the NBA Finals that season.

Travis also interviewed FOX NASCAR reporter Shannon Spake on OKTC and she said the noose was taken down before Wallace saw it, trying to quell any rumors that Wallace or NASCAR was involved in the incident.

“I know social media is out there insinuating that teams or NASCAR had something to do with it,” Spake said. “Bubba has fought to stay in the sport. Until the last few weeks, he has avoided the spotlight. He did not want to be known as ‘The Black NASCAR Driver’. When George Floyd died something changed. Now he is (speaking out). My question is why when we are making progress in this sport and Bubba is the face of that progress, how people could look at him and say that he would be responsible for this.”

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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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