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Michael Rapaport Continues Milking Kevin Durant Fight For Publicity

“On Monday, Rapaport continued the media rounds, first joining The Howard Stern Show, later he appeared on FS1’s Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.”

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Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 for private messages he sent to Michael Rapaport, while the actor and comedian is still trying to cash in on the incident.

On Monday, Rapaport continued the media rounds, first joining The Howard Stern Show, later he appeared on FS1’s Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. And if you heard Rapaport yelling at Gary Dell’Abate on Stern, you’d struggle to buy his emotional appearance with Undisputed as anything more than a performance.

But nonetheless, Rapaport did join the FS1 show, seemingly in search of sympathy over the incident with Durant.

“I went to the dog park with my dog and people…they don’t want to play with my dog Wheezy,” Rapaport said as he apparently fought back tears. “And you know, I went to my coffee shop and they said ‘not today cupcake,’ and it’s weird, it’s like why are you calling my cupcake?”

The continued media tour for Rapaport comes after he posted a video last Friday, saying he now feels bad about the incident with Durant. 

“I feel bad about it,” Rapaport said shortly after the NBA fined Durant for using offensive language in the direct messages. “I feel bad about my involvement in the situation. I feel bad that it’s gotten this far. I met him one time. It was cool, cordial. I’m a fan. I met him as a fan.”

The vulgar messages took place over multiple conversations between Durant and Rapaport, beginning after the Nets forward was short with Charles Barkley and TNT’s Inside the NBA crew during a postgame interview last December. After Rapaport made the DMs public, Durant seemed surprised, tweeting “Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed….My bad mike, damn!!”

“It’s not the first time I’ve posted people’s DMs, it’s funny, when people are saying anti-Semitic things about me, saying racist things about me, threatened me and they’re Joe Schmos, everybody loves it,” Rapaport added. “But when it was Durant, people have 400 opinions.”

Sharing DMs might not be something Rapaport continues to do, noting that he “lived and learned from this situation,” and has dealt with ramifications, later describing the dog park reaction.

Ultimately, Durant gave a half-hearted apology when asked about the situation and was fined $50,000 by the NBA. Durant might have thought he had a relationship with Rapaport that welcomed that kind of back and forth, but according to the actor, the language went beyond friendly banter. 

Rapaport is getting a tremendous amount of publicity over the incident that cost Durant a measly $50,000. He continues to make media rounds and bring more attention to the issue despite complaining about the public’s reaction toward him. I’m not sure if the attention will land him more acting gigs, but it’s certainly burying the lawsuit he lost last week to Barstool Sports. 

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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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