TAG: ESPN

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 1:00 pm

ESPN is Hypocritical for Suspending Bill Simmons Over Goodell Comments

DeMarcus Cousins, Bill Simmons

“Don’t get fired.”

That’s the mantra over at Grantland when Jalen Rose and David Jacoby weigh in on a controversial topic during one of their wide-ranging and always-entertaining podcasts.

More than just pithy words of wisdom, the saying eventually began to feel like a thin blue line someone would inevitably cross if they got on the air and talked long enough about various hot-button issues. Nobody thought that someone would be Grantland Editor-in-Chief himself Bill Simmons. But that’s precisely what happened Monday during his podcast, The B.S. Report, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the recent Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, during which a surveillance video of Rice brutally punching his then-fiancée and knocking her unconscious in a hotel elevator surfaced and subsequently went viral. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 8, 2014 / 10:00 am

ESPN Suspends Le Batard Over LeBron Billboards

Le Batard LeBron Billboards

After ESPN radio host and Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard put up an array of tongue-in-cheek billboards reading, “You’re Welcome, LeBron. Love, Miami.” his ESPN higher-ups apparently didn’t find his brand of humor quite as funny and suspended him until Monday. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Smack / Jul 11, 2014 / 12:00 pm

ESPN Removes Anonymous GM Quote About LeBron & Cavs After Complaints

LeBron James, Tristan Thompson

We relayed Chris Broussard’s story for ESPN about LeBron James‘ still-irate attitude towards Cavs owner Dan Gilbert following Gilbert’s incendiary letter calling James a “coward” in 2010, earlier today. Now Chris Sheridan — the same reporter who broke the LeBron-to-Cleveland story that just came to fruition, complained Broussard had broken journalistic ethics when ESPN cited an unnamed GM for an opinion quote. ESPN has since removed the quote. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 29, 2014 / 10:40 pm

ESPN Broadcaster Says “His Owner” In Reference To Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers sat down for a pre-game press conference before tonight’s Game 5 at Staples Center. It came after the historic lifetime ban Adam Silver handed down on Clippers owner Donald Sterling. While reporting on the event, an ESPN broadcaster used an unfortunate bit of phrasing in lieu of recent events. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Mar 27, 2014 / 11:45 am

ESPN’s LeBron James Tweet Pisses Off Cavs Fans

Dion Waiters, Bennett Salvatore

It was a pretty joyous moment for Cavs fans after Dion Waiters hit a buzzer-beating game-winner last night in Detroit. It was their first buzzer-beater since 2010, and moved them to within 3.5 games of Atlanta for a playoff spot. So of course ESPN Stats and Info sent a tweet out about the “first career buzzer-beater of LeBron James’ former team.” Read More »

NBA, Smack / Oct 30, 2013 / 7:30 pm

Steph Curry Talks Getting ID’ed For The Club & R-Rated Movies

Stephen Curry

ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard had an interesting Q & A with Warriors guard Stephen Curry yesterday. He asked a series of fill-in-the-blank questions ranging from Curry’s famous father (Dell Curry) to his time at Davidson after being overlooked by the major NCAA schools. It was Curry’s admission he gets ID’ed “like 95 percent of the time,” before entering the club, though, that struck our interest. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Sep 17, 2013 / 12:40 pm

ESPN #NBARank Pegs Royce White & Fab Melo As League’s Worst

Royce White

If you’re part of the NBA’s Twitter illuminati, you’re familiar with the #NBARank where ESPN’s NBA writers, True Hoop bloggers* and analysts vote on the top 500 players in the NBA today. It’s a subjective ranking during a down month before NBA training camps open, and it’s a fun way to drive debate about individual players. ESPN released numbers 500-401 yesterday and have rolled out #401-376 at noon today, but if you’re a fan of embattled former Rocket Royce White or former Syracuse center Fab Melo, you’re probably a little confused. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jun 14, 2013 / 10:02 am

Stephen Jackson Gives the Most Real Interview Ever: “It Felt Good to Hit a Fan”

stephen jackson

You will NEVER be able to accuse Stephen Jackson of not keeping it real or failing to speak his mind. It’s the kind of behavior that has cost him a job (and maybe another ring) … but on the bright side it makes him an incredible interview.

Watch all of this interview on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” with Dan LeBatard and Bomani Jones. It is the extreme polar opposite of almost every other cliched-riddled athlete interview you have ever seen. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jun 10, 2013 / 8:00 pm

Chauncey Billups: Blake Griffin is “Too Nice”

chauncey billups

How good of a point guard/manager is Chauncey Billups? Earlier today he was able to wrangle Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless into a semi-coherent conversation. So congrats on that, Chauncey.

In the midst of that interview, Billups also had some pretty interesting things to say about Blake Griffin when Stephen A. asked him if he though Blake is “soft.” His answers come on the heels of a postseason that saw Zach Randolph question Griffin’s toughness not once but twice, and while also taking him to the deck.

Here is Chauncey’s quote:

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Latest News / Feb 15, 2013 / 4:42 pm

Watch Jim Boeheim Call Andy Katz an Idiot

jim boeheim andy katz

This made its way around the web yesterday, but we wanted to bring it to you this Friday afternoon in case you missed it. After Syracuse lost to UConn 66-58 Wednesday night, ‘Cuse coach Jim Boeheim did his duty and participated in what was likely the last thing on earth he felt like doing after a tough loss: He stood and answered questions from the media.

Jimmy B is a pro though; he knows it’s part of the gig. That is until ESPN’s Andy Katz asked a question. Read More »