In his weekly appearance with Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers defended his experience on ayahuasca, and McAfee took a moment to call out Colin Cowherd over his comments about Rodgers in the process.
The discussion of Rodgers’ experience with ayahuasca came up again following one of the Packers touchdown celebrations on Sunday night.
McAfee asked Rodgers on Tuesday if he felt like his body could hold up if he kept having these experiences on ayahuasca, referring to it as a drug. Rodgers jumped in and said it’s mislabeled as a drug.
“The reference to ayahuasca, or even marijuana, putting the tag drug on them is a manipulative word that creates a bias against those specific things, and it happens all over society,” Rodgers said. “Drugs, you think about drugs, you start labeling marijuana a drug, which is a plant, ayahuasca a drug, which is a plant…then you think about medicine. What is medicine? Medicine is like, ‘Oh I’m gonna take my daily medicine, my aspirin.’ That’s a drug. ‘I’m gonna take my cough medicine.’ That’s a drug. That’s not a plant…Ayahuasca is not a drug. It has properties in it that have hallucinogenic abilities, but it’s not a drug. We’re talking about plants here.”
McAfee appreciated Rodgers sentiments, saying that many read what he did and thought he was some drug addict. That’s when he brought up Cowherd.
“Colin Cowherd said, ‘yeah, I’ve done drugs and puked too. It’s called a hangover, Aaron.’ Which was great,” McAfee said. “That was an amazing thing, much different society.”
Back in August when the story first made the rounds, Cowherd likened Rodgers’ experience to one time in college when he got too drunk off Captain Morgan.
“Aaron drank a psychedelic tea that made him hallucinate and yak, and he said it took him to a different realm,” Cowherd said. “Aaron I’m older than you, it happened to me too. It was college. I had six rum drinks in 90 minutes. I saw weird things and yakked too. I moved into a different realm, it was the realm of that’s the worst damn hangover I’ve ever had in my life…Aaron, lots of people have tried this psychedelic tea, they’re called hippies, burnouts and affluent white people with too much time on their hands and nobody in their life to call out their crap.”
Rodgers didn’t react to McAfee’s quip about Cowherd, but the defending NFL MVP has never put much stock in what Cowherd thinks about him to begin with.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM
An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.
WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.
The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.
Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.
Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.
Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.
WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.
Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5
Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.
Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.
Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.
She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”
Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.
“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5. “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable. He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”
Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio? That it’s interactive. Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent. And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”
Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video
The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.
“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.
“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.
During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.
Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.
Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.