Atlanta radio host Mike Bell has been suspended by his radio station for going on a nasty Twitter protest of Jessica Mendoza calling an MLB playoff game for ESPN.
Bell was suspended from Wednesday-Friday this week and is not scheduled to return to his work at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta until Monday. In his rant, Bell called Mendoza “T–s McGee,” which is an “Anchorman” reference. He also said her analyzing a baseball game on TV was “beyond ridiculous.” You can see all of his tweets here.
Bell wrote the following apology on CBS Atlanta’s website:
As some of you may have heard, I said something really stupid on Twitter last night directed at Jessica Mendoza, the analyst on last nights ESPN Wild Card broadcast. What I said was hurtful and I want to take this opportunity to say to Jessica that what I said was dumb and hurtful and I apologize for putting that garbage on Twitter. I have reached out to ESPN so I can have the opportunity to speak with her and hopefully apologize to her in person.
As someone who knows how hard it is to get a career in sports broadcasting started, I know what I said was totally insensitive and demeaning to Jessica and to all the women working in this industry, including the many women I work with here at CBS Radio Atlanta, who I also owe a big apology to.
I also want to express my apologies to our advertisers and sponsors, and to our sports team partners. They have all made a commitment to this radio station and I let them all down big-time.
Moving forward, I can honestly tell you that I fully understand how hurtful the things I say on-air and social media can be. There is no place for that kind of stuff on our show. I will be more mindful and respectful in how I express my opinions and hope I become a better talk show host, but more importantly a better person.
This has been a real eye-opening experience and I hope I can put the lesson learned from it to good use.
Bell also recorded the apology, and the recording was played on-air Wednesday.
Bell lashing out at Mendoza is a clear example of sexism. Mendoza has won two gold medals for the US Olympic softball team and is perhaps the greatest softball hitter in history. She clubbed 50 home runs and hit .416 during her college career at Stanford. She hit .432 with an absurd .865 slugging percentage over two stints with Team USA. And anyone actually listening to her analysis and not focusing on her gender can tell she knows her stuff when it comes to analyzing and talking baseball.
It’s unfortunate Mendoza has to face this kind of sexism, but this is part of the territory when one breaks gender or racial barriers.
- Mike Bell radio
Gloria Govan is the woman at the center of the fight between her ex Matt Barnes and her new man, Derek Fisher. Since the fight between Barnes and Fisher became physical and this is a pretty big deal, we thought we would share some info about Govan to familiarize you with her.
Govan is 35 years old and has known Barnes since the two were in 8th grade. They first started dating in 2006 when Barnes was playing for the Golden State Warriors. The two became involved in a relationship and were on-and-off at times. They had twin boys in 2008, but the two split after some rocky times, including when Barnes was arrested for a domestic incident (Govan says he did not hit her).
Barnes and Gloria Govan were set to get married in Santa Barbara, Calif. in 2010, but that fell through. They ended up getting married later in 2012. Barnes also had an incident with police that year.
The two ulitmately split in Oct. 2014 after things weren’t working out, and they have been separated since. Barnes has supposedly gone on dates with Rihanna since then, while Govan began dating Derek Fisher recently. Another rumor said Govan fooled around with Colin Kaepernick, leading to a beef between Barnes and the QB, but Govan said that was not true.
Govan is black and Mexican, and she is a reality TV personality, having appeared on VH1’s “Basketball Wives” thanks to her relationship with Barnes. However, she felt like she was not invited back to the show because of Barnes’ lack of cooperation a few years ago.
Another interesting subplot about Govan is that her sister is Laura Govan. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it should; Laura Govan was engaged to former NBA star Gilbert Arenas and is actually the mother of his four children. Those two were set to have a fifth but she supposedly suffered a miscarriage. Much like Gloria, Laura has also been featured on “Basketball Wives LA,” but she was not brought back to the show several years ago.
One thing we know for sure is that whenever the Govans are involved, there’s never a lack of drama.
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Matt Barnes drove 95 miles Saturday to the Los Angeles home of his ex Gloria Govan to confront Derek Fisher, who is said to be in a relationship with Govan, according to reports.
Barnes and Govan have been separated since about October last year after marrying in 2012. Fisher filed to divorce his wife of 10 years, Candace, in March, and has reportedly been dating Govan for a few months. Yahoo! Sports says Barnes has known about the relationship for over a month.
Barnes reportedly was in Santa Barbara, Calif., with the Memphis Grizzlies for training camp when he found out Fisher was at Govan’s Los Angeles home for a bonfire Saturday and made the trip down to confront him.
“Derek was in Gloria’s back yard with about 10 people having a bonfire on Saturday,” a source told the New York Post. “Derek’s separated from his wife and there’s a relationship with [Gloria].”
Barnes supposedly went after Fisher and the two fought, though there were no serious injuries. Fisher is not going to press charges, the Post reports.
Fisher, who was in LA also visiting his kids, did not make Knicks practice Monday, and his altercation with Barnes is said to be the reason why.
Barnes is known as one of the more physical and hot-headed players in the NBA. He has been in trouble with the law multiple times and had a rocky relationship with Govan, which was on-and-off several times. He was recently in a tiff with Rihanna, whom he said he was dating.
NBA security is said to be aware of the fight.
As @NYPost reports, there was physical confrontation between NY coach Derek Fisher, Griz's Matt Barnes Saturday in LA. NBA security is aware
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 7, 2015
Barnes and Fisher were friends and teammates on the Lakers from 2010-2012. Fisher is currently the head coach of the Knicks, while Barnes is beginning his first season with the Grizzlies.
Lakers forward Julius Randle has never really gotten a chance to fully show off his stuff ever since The Curse of David Stern’s Veto claimed another victim and he broke his right leg in the Lakers’ regular season opener last year. But with the former No. 7 overall pick heading into the 2015-16 campaign with a complete bill of health, he’s getting his shot right now during the preseason and making the most of it.
Randle’s two-way energy and tenacity were on full display in Tuesday’s overtime defeat to the Utah Jazz as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. The 20-year-old’s performance turned more than a few heads, one of whom was none other than the sage Kobe Bryant, who summed up Randle’s upside with the perfect hybrid player metaphor.
Kobe called Julius Randle "Lamar Odom in Zach Randolph's body."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 7, 2015
The former Kentucky Wildcat certainly looks the part. Like Odom, Randle can handle the ball, get to the rim attacking off the dribble, keep a defense honest with a pull-up jumper from the high post, and use his active hands to disrupt passing lanes and force live-ball turnovers. And like Randolph, Randle uses his elite upper-body strength, physique, and relentlessness to bully guys on the low block and gobble up offensive boards like he’s at some sort of rebounding buffet.
While the Lakers have about as much chance of making the playoffs this season as Robert Sacre has of shutting down DeMarcus Cousins one-on-one in the paint, the development of Randle and the rest of the Laker youngbloods like D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, will be a fun storyline to watch unfold as the year progresses.
Based on the way that he looks so far this preseason, Randle certainly has reason to feel good about himself. Mamba praise is the best kind of praise, after all. And definitely a lot better than what Kobe last said about Randle.
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The New England Patriots have manhandled each of the three opponents they have faced this season, yet the bulletin board material just keeps on coming.
On Tuesday, it was Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Greg Hardy making some questionable comments about Tom Brady’s wife.
“I love seeing Tom Brady, he’s cool as crap,” Hardy told reporters. “Have you seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game. One of my favorite games of the year, guys.”
Brady was asked during his press conference on Wednesday for his thoughts on Hardy’s wisecrack. As expected, the four-time Super Bowl champion didn’t take the bait.
“I’m just getting ready to play,” Brady said, according to Patriots.com. “I’m focused on my job. He’s a great player. It takes a lot of different things to handle a guy like that. He’s been a great player since he’s been in the league. We’re going to have to prepare for him and be ready for all the different types of moves that he’s got. They have a good D-line anyway. They count on getting pressure from their front four to get to the quarterback.
“I don’t really care about his personal feelings.”
Yes you do, Tom, and we don’t blame you.
While Brady has made some funny comments about Gisele in the past, talking about another player’s wife or family is typically considered a no-no. And anyone who knows anything about the Patriots could tell you that they use everything they can as motivational material. You think Hardy’s comments are any different?
One former New England player already shared his thoughts about how Deflategate is driving the 2015 Patriots. Hardy probably just motivated Brady a tiny bit more.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Wednesday addressed a report from earlier this week that made him look pretty bad. Tannehill admitted that he said some things to practice squad players that he shouldn’t have said, but he insists he never brought up money.
While speaking to reporters, Tannehill ripped the National Football Post report for printing “slanderous” things about him.
“Yeah, I’m upset,” he said, per Jeff Darlington of NFL Network. “It’s slanderous to report things I didn’t say, to degrade my reputation, it’s sickening to me.”
But even Tannehill admitted that the report wasn’t completely false. As Darlington notes, he confessed to telling scout team players to enjoy their “practice squad trophy” but insists he never made any remarks about a “practice squad paycheck.”
“I said nothing about a paycheck,” Tannehill insisted. “I hold myself to a higher standard than to say something like that.”
Tannehill said he spoke with the players he had issues with during last weekend’s practice and cleared everything up. He also expressed frustration over a member of the organization leaking information that is supposed to stay in house.
The paycheck comment was obviously the worst thing that was reported, but bickering with practice squad players who are getting the best of you is never a good look. When you take into consideration what one star quarterback supposedly does when practice squad guys intercept his passes, you get the idea that Tannehill needs to learn to keep his cool and not let teammates get the best of him. If practice players can get under your skin that easily, good luck during actual games.
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Arian Foster had an uninspiring 2015 regular season debut last weekend, but a lot of that had to do with game flow as the Atlanta Falcons were blowing the doors off the Houston Texans. Foster hopes to contribute more and see different results on Thursday.
According to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle, the Texans are planning to increase Foster’s workload against the Indianapolis Colts. The veteran back rushed for just 10 yards on eight carries against Atlanta and caught three passes for 25 yards. He also lost a fumble that was accidentally forced by a teammate and returned the other way for a touchdown.
In his second game back from groin surgery, Foster has only one thing in mind.
“To win,” he said when asked what his personal goals are. “To help win.”
The Texans have not gotten quality play from the quarterback position when either Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallet are under center. The ideal scenario would be for Texas to get its offense back running through Foster before it is too late, as the team currently has a 1-3 record.
“Yeah, that’s the thing about offense,” the four-time Pro Bowler said. “It has to be a well-oiled machine and it takes time to develop and you have a short amount of time to do that. We’re all professionals and doing what we can to accomplish that.”
Foster returned earlier than many expected he would, and these comments from the Texans owner may have helped motivate him. While he is 29 and coming off a significant injury, we still wouldn’t bet against him having a major impact this season.
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A lake house in Texas that is owned by Johnny Manziel’s grandfather was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning, and investigators suspect there may have been foul play.
Fortunately, there was no one inside the Lake Taylor home at the time it burned down. The house, which belongs to Paul Manziel, was too engulfed in flames by the time emergency crews arrived.
“Everything Paul loved and cherished was in that home. He loved his house,” Paul Manziel’s girlfriend Beverly Green told Dana Hughey of KYTX. “Thank you to friends and family for all of your prayers. We are just blessed no one was in the house and everyone is safe.”
Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said the fire is “suspicious in nature” and is being looked at by arson investigators and canines.
This is the second time in less than a year that a house with connections to an NFL player has burned to the ground. We’re glad to hear no one was injured.
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Former softball player and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Jessica Mendoza on Tuesday night became the first woman to work as an analyst for an MLB playoff game when she was part of the ESPN AL Wild Card broadcast team. Her role during the Houston Astros’ win over the New York Yankees infuriated a shock jock from Atlanta.
Mike Bell, who hosts a radio show on 92.9 The Game, sent a series of incredibly sexist tweets about Mendoza. He deleted the worst one, but not before it was preserved via screenshot.
A woman made history tonight calling an MLB Playoff game for ESPN. This is what an Atlanta radio guy thought of it. pic.twitter.com/xf3Rc07EFY
— Boiled Sports (@BoiledSports) October 7, 2015
Bell later offered a mea culpa for the “Anchorman” reference, but he stood firm on his stance that a softball player had no business analyzing an MLB postseason game.
Really? A women's softball slugger as guest analyst on MLB Wildcard Game? Once again ESPN too frigging cute for their own good.
— Mike Bell (@mikebell929) October 7, 2015
You guys are telling me there isn't a more qualified Baseball player ESPN can use than a softball player? Gimme a break!
— Mike Bell (@mikebell929) October 7, 2015
@ShannanMEdwards my wife is stoked! she's sending her resume to NBC to hopefully call the Daytona 500 since she occasionally speeds
— Mike Bell (@mikebell929) October 7, 2015
@waynecheck this is beyond ridiculous. hell, any swinging d–k in a softball league is now qualified to work at ESPN.
— Mike Bell (@mikebell929) October 7, 2015
Bell’s main point seemed to be that an analyst is different from a play-by-play announcer and that any person in that role on that stage should have played the game before. He also admitted he preferred Mendoza to Curt Schilling, whom Mendoza replaced earlier this year after Schilling sent this incredibly controversial tweet about Muslims.
The problem with Bell’s argument — aside from everything — is that he obviously wasn’t even listening to the broadcast while he was busy freaking out on Twitter. Mendoza knows her stuff as well as anyone and did a fantastic analyzing certain pitches and at-bats. She clearly does her research, knows certain players’ tendencies and takes her job seriously.
Get over it, Mike. It’s 2015.
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Just when it appears things could not be going much worse for Victor Cruz on the football front, rumors surface that indicate he is having problems at home as well.
Cruz, who has not played this season because of a calf injury, has been engaged to longtime girlfriend Elaina Watley since July 2014. On Tuesday, MediaTakeOut.com published a screenshot of a text message that a tipster claimed she received from Watley. If the text is authentic, it appears Cruz’s fiancee suspects the Giants wideout has been cheating on her.
This is the second time in roughly two months that an NFL player has been called out for allegedly cheating on his girlfriend.
Cruz and Watley have a 3-year-old daughter together and met in 2003 when Cruz was still in high school.