Sam Mayes is out at 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Audio of a conversation between himself and a co-worker making racist remarks about Native Americans was sent to members of the Oklahoma media anonymously.
The audio, which has been obtained by Barrett Sports Media, is accompanied by a note that claims it was a “hot mic” situation.
Mayes issued an audio statement on Twitter and says that is not true. He says it was a private conversation between himself and Cara Rice in 2016 that was not on air. Rice was hosting the morning show at sister station Magic 104.1 before being let go herself.
In the original recording, Mayes can be heard asking why “the natives” are only now interested in the Washington Redskins changing their name.
“The question was not asked in a derogatory manner. I was legitimately curious what sparked the desire for change,” Mayes said in his statement.
Rice responds by saying that “they’ve been too drunk to organize.” Mayes then follows that up by saying “hashtag Lysol” to which Rice responds “hashtag gold spray paint”. Both items are huffed by junkies to achieve a cheap high.
In his statement, Mayes calls Rice’s comments “distasteful” and “racially charged”. He acknowledges that he made light of them and joined in the conversation, but then says that they made him “uncomfortable” and he attempted to end the conversation.
Mayes said that he has struggled in the past to speak up against racism in the workplace. He was worried about it impeding his ability to “fit in.”
“This recording is the perfect example of that all too often scenario that was sent to local media outlets with the intent to destroy my career,” he says in the audio statement. “Maybe it worked. In the end, that is up to you, my followers.”
The note accompanying the original audio notes that The Lucky Star Casino is the naming rights sponsor of the Franchise’s studio. The casino is owned by the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes. The note also includes information to contact Tyler Media management.
Tyler Media fired Mayes shortly after the audio was made public. Mayes says he is “heartbroken” that he didn’t get the chance to address the comments, make amends, or be a part of any healing or training sessions.
“As a person of color,” he noted, “I know all too well how damaging hate speech can be. I also know once we know better, we can do better.”
Paul Finebaum Writing Book on Nick Saban/Jimbo Fisher Feud
“I think there’s a lot that has not been uncovered, and I feel very confident we are well under way of breaking this code in many different ways,” Finebaum told AL.com’s Mark Heim.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is taking some time to work on a book, and some of the subject matter is going to be juicy.
Finebaum plans to work with John Talty of AL.com to write the book. This will be Finebaum’s first book since 2014.
Plans are to highlight the rivalry between Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher. That rivalry was amplified this past spring when the two coaches traded verbal jabs about recruiting and NIL.
“I think there’s a lot that has not been uncovered, and I feel very confident we are well under way of breaking this code in many different ways,” Finebaum told AL.com’s Mark Heim. “There is a great appeal. I’ve looked at other things in the past but, to me, this is the most intriguing story that I’ve seen in many many years.”
The book will be published by Penguin press and has a fall 2023 release date. Even Hollywood will be paying attention to the book, as a potential TV series or movie could arise.
Finebaum added that he hopes to take a deeper dive into NIL and talk to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.
“The main goal is to get the truth, unvarnished and as accurate displayed as we can through individuals speaking on the record or through sources,” he said. “That’s all you can hope to do. The goal is to get beneath the surface and go where you can’t go in a 3-hour radio show or a 750-word column.”
Mason & Ireland Ink Contract Extensions with ESPN Los Angeles
The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo in L.A.
The long-running West Coast sounds of Mason & Ireland will continue. The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo for ESPN Los Angeles.
Steve Mason and John Ireland have been on-and-off partners in radio since 1992.
Mason said of the extension, “I love L.A. sports and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I really appreciate ESPN and our new owner Good Karm Brands. We’ve got a really good team on Mason & Ireland with producer Greg Bergman and associate producer Jorge Briones. And I especially love doing the show every day with John Ireland, my friend of 30 years.”
Ireland also has a statement that read, “It’s both an honor and a privilege to continue this ride with ESPN. During the course of our last deal, the Lakers, Rams and Dodgers all won titles. Obviously, we were able to mistakenly convince our bosses that we had something to do with that, so they’re letting us continue. Please, nobody tell them.”
Mason & Ireland airs weekdays from 1-4p PT on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles.
Mike Francesa and Phil Mushnick Lock Horns Over Golf Bets
That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claiming his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”.
Phil Mushnick of The New York Post, is no fan of Mike Francesa. The latest bout between the two was triggered by a series of erroneous golf bets that Francesa has given out in each of the last three majors.
Francesa, on his podcast with BetRivers Network, told folks that the best bet to win the Masters was Brooks Koepka. The best bet to win the PGA Championship was Scottie Scheffler. He also said the best bet to win The U.S. Open was Cameron Smith. Neither won. Neither even made the cut.
That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claimed his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”.
Francesa heard about, or read, the piece and responded on Twitter, calling Mushnick “sad, pathetic” and said that Mushnick’s writings make him look “like the jealous old man that he is”.
Moments later, Francesa tweeted again, “Ask him to add up how much the horses I own have won the past two years. What a complete, obsessed fool.”
As AMNY points out, these two have rammed horns before.
Mushnick once said he had alleged tapes of Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo demanding loyalty oaths from Jews after 9/11.
The writer would also accuse Francesa of fighting with his then-boss Mark Chernoff, after losing to ESPN New York’s Michael Kay in ratings, an accusation Francesa denies.