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Bomani Jones Explains Relationship, Debate With Will Cain

“On Thursday’s episode of his podcast, The Right Time with Bomani Jones, Jones talked about the process of going on Cain’s show and how he felt that it was best to address the topic on the radio rather than on Twitter.”

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While we may agree with the people we argue with, it is the fact that they are willing to hear your argument and are passionate about what they feel that we tend to respect. This week, we saw an example of that involving Bomani Jones, Domonique Foxworth, and Will Cain. 

On Wednesday, Cain made his final appearance on First Take before heading to FOX News as he discussed his tweets about NASCAR’s handling of the Bubba Wallace investigation of a noose from Sunday, June 21 at Talladega Superspeedway. The FBI determined it was not a hate crime and the garage’s pull rope was fashioned like a noose long before anyone knew which garage stall Wallace’s ten would be assigned. 

After that appearance, Jones decided to call into The Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio to give his take and dive more into the racial divide in the country. You can catch that full conversation by clicking this link.

On Thursday’s episode of his podcast, The Right Time with Bomani Jones, Jones talked about the process of going on Cain’s show and how he felt that it was best to address the topic on the radio rather than on Twitter. So, he asked to call into the show and Cain agreed.

“I was going to tweet about it, but then I was like nah, I don’t think that’s the best way to go about it. I didn’t think it would be appropriate. The reason I did that is because I knew Will would agree to have be on. He ain’t no punk in that way. Will is willing to have an exchange of ideas back-and-forth. I appreciate that and I respect that…. I think Will does deserve a little bit more credit because most of y’all know damn well that if I called up your radio show and said I want to talk about it, you would s*** your pants.”

At the beginning of the segment with Jones and Foxworth, Jones flashed back to 2016 when Cain filled in for him as the host of his show the Monday after Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem. He explained how he was getting phone calls from people, including Foxworth, to get Cain off the air. Jones did say that he is okay with Cain before discussing the First Take segment. 

“I had made a resolution to myself that I didn’t really want to do a lot of radio or television with Will and that’s not because of any animus I had toward him, but I didn’t really want to wind up with is people trying to turn this into some kind of cage fight debate sort of thing.”

Foxworth echoed the same sentiments in terms of wanting to address the disagreement on Twitter, but instead Cain wanted to call him and hear his thoughts himself.

“After I saw that tweet, I’m about to roast him on the Internet. I realized in myself if I was doing it on Twitter, I would do it only to perform, I texted him and was like, what you said is wrong, are you okay if we do this on Twitter? He texted I will call you in 20 minutes. We had a conversation about it and I felt better after the conversation.”

Jones did bring up an example of when Colin Cowherd was on ESPN and how Jones wanted to call in to give more information on the topic. It did not go over well.

“When Colin worked here, Collin once did a segment that was based on something I said on television. He’s talking specifically about the things I was talking about. I called the board and I was like let Collin know, we can talk. Whoever was working the phones hit me back and said ‘Collin doesn’t want you on.’ See, Collin’s thing was if you want to talk about it, you can talk about it on your own show.”

Even though Cain is no longer at ESPN, you can tell the respect he got from his colleagues. He may have had differing viewpoints, but he was always willing to discuss them, which is what Foxworth and others respected.

“I love Will Cain for that. So many people who are on the air have similar feelings but are afraid to say them. I appreciate that Will is not afraid to say them and is willing to engage with them.”

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Bob Cousy: ‘JJ Redick Is Untalented Using Me To Get Attention On ESPN’

“People with less talent will always try to make a name for themselves by criticizing other people and hopefully getting some attention and perhaps increasing their credibility,” Cousy said.

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Celtics legend Bob Cousy was not too happy with J.J. Redick dissing his game and credibility as an all-time great player.

During an appearance on First Take, Redick got into a fiery debate with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo about whether Chris Paul deserves to be mentioned among the best point guards in NBA history despite another disappointing exit from the playoffs. Russo claimed that Paul is “no Bob Cousy” which prompted Redick to retort, saying Cousy couldn’t even dribble with his left hand and called the players he played against, “plumbers” and “firemen.”

“Bob Cousy won championships when there were eight teams in the NBA and you had to win two playoff series,” Reddick said. “Let’s celebrate Bob Cousy in his era, but you can’t compare pre-1980 with the modern NBA.”

The 93-old Cousy made an appearance on SiriusXM Radio where he went scorched earth on Redick, basically calling the ESPN analyst “untalented” while listing some of the players that he went up against in his era.

“People with less talent will always try to make a name for themselves by criticizing other people and hopefully getting some attention and perhaps increasing their credibility,” Cousy said.

“So when you respond to something like this, you play into their hands. I won’t do that, but I will defend the firemen and the plumbers that he referenced. And I’ll just give you a few of the names of these firemen that I played with and against during those years. How about Bill Russell, the aforementioned, not too bad a player. Wilt Chamberlain, remember that guy? He wasn’t bad. I guess he must have fought fires as well. But in any event, Wilt Chamberlain.

“Still the best, in my judgment, small forward that ever played the game, a guy named Elgin Baylor. A couple of point guards that weren’t too shabby, my colleague who also had an award created [in his name], guy named Oscar Robertson, who was pound for pound the best player perhaps in the game.”

Chris Paul is a 12-time All-Star compared to Cousy’s 13 appearances.

One thing Paul and Bob Cousy do have in common is their aptitude for leadership. Cousy developed and started the NBA players union in 1954, being named its first president. Paul served in that same role from 2013-2021.

The two men also share similarities off the court. Cousy was a stanch anti-racist advocate during the civil rights era 50s and 60s, when it wasn’t all that popular to so. Paul has also spoke out on issues regarding race, working with commissioner Adam Silver to address some of the issues facing the black community.

Maybe the two have more in common than either Redick or Russo would like to admit.

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Cole Cubelic: ‘A Lot Of Media Wasn’t Prepared To Talk About Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher’

“There were multiple other messages that were attempted to be delivered by Nick Saban two nights ago that I don’t think anybody paid attention to, and I’m wondering if Jimbo paid attention to them.”

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The comments from Alabama football coach Nick Saban regarding other teams allegedly “buying” their players through the new rules pertaining to name, image and likeness (NIL) deals has set the college football world abuzz.

In his comments, Saban directly accused Texas A&M Head Coach and one of his former assistant coaches at Louisiana State University Jimbo Fisher of unreasonably using NIL deals to recruit college football players, and remarked that the system as a whole has created a fundamental disadvantage for certain programs. Additionally, he stated that Alabama has never tried to lure a player solely based on these deals; however, he left the door open to potentially having to adjust his recruitment strategy to align with the actions of his competitors around him.

Much of the college football world weighed in on the comments, but the voice everyone was waiting to hear was that of Jimbo Fisher, including McElroy and Cubic in the Morning on Jox 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala. On Friday morning, the program opened with show co-host Cole Cubelic reacting to the candid response given by Fisher in a news conference carried on multiple media outlets in which Fisher called Saban a “narcissist.”

“When we’ve had coaching feuds before, we’ve had guys go back and forth; we’ve had guys go at one another, sometimes in a little bit more of a subtle way; sometimes maybe a less-confrontational way,” Cubelic said. “Jimbo even said it yesterday – he’s not afraid of confrontation; he’s not worried about it.”

An aspect of what has made this discordance between two highly-accomplished and eminent coaches a story being followed across the college football landscape is the fact that it has taken place within the public sphere. When Saban appeared on SiriusXM Radio and apologized for singling out Texas A&M in his comments from earlier in the week, there was not much emotion involved, according to Cubelic. Fisher’s remarks in his press conference though, were of a completely different sentiment – and may have escalated the situation altogether.

“Debates often turn to arguments as soon as emotions become involved,” Cubelic said. “…Jimbo Fisher yesterday at 10 a.m. – that felt emotional; that felt personal, and that one had to dig deep. Jimbo Fisher said yesterday he doesn’t anticipate things are going to be repaired. I don’t see in a way that these two sort of get things back in line.”

“The bridge is burned both ways,” added show co-host Greg McElroy. “They’ll probably shake hands; do what they need to do pregame. But as far as any love lost? Nah, that’s a wrap.”

A part of this story that remains seminal when reporting or commenting on it is listening to the full extent of the comments from both Saban and Fisher on the situation so as to more effectively contextualize and comprehend the situation. Cubelic said that he did multiple interviews on different programs yesterday, and some of the interviewers, as he anticipated, had solely listened to portions of the comments, rendering them not completely prepared to have a truly pertinent discussion about the topic at hand.

“We said it here on the show yesterday morning — right out of the gate — people are going to take the Miami; the Jackson State; and the Texas A&M stuff, and they’re going to clip it and they’re going to play it and they’re going to read it and that’s all they’re going to pay attention to,” said Cubelic. “There were multiple other messages that were attempted to be delivered by Nick Saban two nights ago that I don’t think anybody paid attention to, and I’m wondering if Jimbo paid attention to them.”

Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies visit Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide on October 8 in a matchup that will sure to be a primary topic of discussion in the weeks and months leading to kickoff.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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