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Tony Bruno Out At SiriusXM and Sports Map Radio

“He is off-air this week for a scheduled vacation, but Crossing Broad says they’ve been informed by Sports Map that Bruno won’t be returning to their network”

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Last week, sports radio icon Tony Bruno took aim at Deadspin for what he considered to be a hit piece, calling them a “clickbait, dirtbag site.” 

His opinion of Deadspin is unlikely to have improved, after Crossing Broad reports Bruno has been removed from both SiriusXM and Sports Map Radio in response to the “hit piece.” The Deadspin story in question was written by Thomas LaForgia, titled ‘NBA Players Can’t Read,’ Idiot Proclaims on Radio.

After the column was published, Bruno was quickly removed from appearing daily on SiriusXM’s Dan Patrick Radio. He is off-air this week for a scheduled vacation, but Crossing Broad says they’ve been informed by Sports Map that Bruno won’t be returning to their network either. 

Although the damning Deadspin headline attributes “NBA Players Can’t Read” to Bruno, the actual quote from the radio host was not exactly that. During his show from Monday Aug. 24, airing on Sports Map Radio and SiriusXM’s Dan Patrick Radio, Bruno referenced a meme featuring four pictures of LeBron James reading the first page of a book. 

After a commercial break, Bruno was critical of LeBron’s social stances, telling his co-host Harry Mayes, “that’s why I despise LeBron James and I despise the NBA.”

“Most of these guys don’t – can’t even read, for god’s sake,” Bruno later said. 

The situation was described appropriately within the Deadspin column, but as BSM reported last week, Bruno took issue with the headline and threatened legal action.

“Maybe this schmuck doesn’t know what quotation marks mean. Quotation marks mean it is what somebody said. You put that as your headline, of course that’s going to get people to come on and read the story,” Bruno said last week in response to LaForgia’s column for Deadspin. 

If The Tony Bruno Show is indeed finished on Sports Map Radio, it was a short tenure, having joined the network last May. The show’s run on SiriusXM was similarly brief, lasting just five months. 

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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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