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Female ESPN Reporters Sound Off On Washington Football Story

Ricky Keeler

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The major headline in sports over the past week was the allegations of misconduct within the Washington football organization reported by The Washington Post that 15 former female employees and 2 sports writers dealt with sexual harassment and verbal abuse from now former team employees.

Many in the world of sports have voiced their opinions on the allegations. On ESPN Radio’s Sunday Morning, Jen Lada spoke about this story and talked about the problem that exists that makes it tough for more women to come forward.

“It’s so complicated to say why didn’t you just tattle,” she said. “We know in our society what the reaction is to narcs, right? And snitches and all of those other things and you don’t ever want to be labeled as problematic. So, you swallow it and hope you can sidestep it and continue on your upward trajectory in this career and that’s the problem. The onus is on the women to move past it and not on the men to improve it.” 

Lada explained before this quote that the characteristics that help a woman have success in the sports industry can sometimes work against a person when they are the victim of this type of behavior.

“Think about the women who are successful in this industry. Think about the characteristics that they have. There’s a tenacity, there’s a fearlessness. There is all of those strong characteristics that help you get to where you want to be in this career and those things almost work counterintuitively to  playing the victim, even when you are a victim.” 

Lada’s co-host, Myron Medcalf, made the point that the Washington football team should receive harsh penalties, including not taking part in one of the biggest events on the NFL calendar next year.

“The Washington football team should be banned from the 2021 NFL Draft. They should not be allowed to make any picks, they should not be allowed to make any trades, and they should not be allowed to participate in anything attached to the NFL Draft. That’s how you send a message…Remove the Washington football team from the 2021 NFL Draft and you will see other teams change as well.”

On Monday morning, ESPN’s college football reporter, Heather Dinich, was on Get Up with Ryan Smith to talk about the latest around the Washington story, including the apology letter sent out by owner Daniel Snyder, which she wants to put “in the shredder.” She says his next letter should be a “letter of resignation.”

“One of the most frustrating things I saw come out of this was young female reporters who are questioning whether or not to get into the business because of this,” Dinich said. “No, absolutely you get into this business and you write that next story so ownership like Dan Snyder does not continue to happen.” 

The perspectives shared by many on this story have been powerful and hopefully change can come from this story so that everybody can feel they are included in sports and don’t have to deal with behavior like this going forward. 

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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