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Nick Wright Details Gambling Addiction, Fears As Dad Of Black Children

“Wright told Le Batard his past is part of what defines him, but a lot of people who see him on his daily FS1 show, might not understand his background.”

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Two of the leading voices on social issues in sports media are not Black, but both have a unique set of experiences to help define them. Dan Le Batard as the son of Cuban immigrants and Nick Wright having married a Black woman, adopting her two children and having a third of their own. 

Wright, a multimedia star for FOX Sports, recently joined Le Batard’s podcast South Beach Sessions, where he discussed hot take artistry, journalism, and his meteoric rise in the industry, all of which he has his wife to thank for. 

After Wright was hired away from local radio by FS1, people would see him and his family and say, ‘man, you did a really amazing thing for her and those kids.’ Wright told Le Batard that it was always meant as a legitimate compliment, but the flatter attempt was very misinformed. 

When he met his wife Danielle, Wright was a radio host in Kansas City making $8 an hour, a borderline substance abuser and a gambling addict. Danielle was a single parent working three jobs to support her two children. 

The way Wright uses his platforms to informatively and passionately talk about social injustice on the Black community is a culmination of his real-life love story. Because as Wright told Le Batard, you cannot understand having fear and anxiety for someone who is your responsibility until you live it. 

“You talk to Black parents and they will tell you, ‘this is what I worry about,’” Wright said. “Whether you think it’s real or not, nobody’s like ‘you shouldn’t be afraid of sharks.’ People are just afraid of them. And so, I do think there’s a level of, you just understand it because you feel it and I do think that is a part of my story.”

According to Wright, his life would fall apart in 10 days without his wife. And not just in a brokenhearted sense, he literally has his wife to thank for keeping him on the right path. “The addict stuff is all there, it’s just in check because of the folks around me,” Wright told Le Batard of his past gambling issues.

The First Things First on FS1 host attributed his gambling problem to cards, noting that he won and lost a lot of money playing poker and blackjack in college. During his early radio career in Kansas City, Wright would host his night show and go right to card playing, sharing a gambling problem reminiscent of WFAN’s Craig Carton.

Wright told Le Batard his past is part of what defines him, but a lot of people who see him on his daily FS1 show, might not understand his background. If you’ve only consumed him during 90-second clips from FS1 on social media, you might think, “that guy is a way more self-assured than he should be asshole,” as described by Wright. 

That’s part of why I miss hearing Wright on radio. TV offers an avenue to create unique takes and share insightful, passionate social ideals, but his transparency on radio illuminates why it’s all genuine. 

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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