Bill Simmons’ Wimbledon joke backfires

Bill-SimmonsThe 2013 Wimbledon Championships have featured a number of unexpected upsets on the ladies’ singles side. The semifinal matches have been set, with 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli awaiting her Thursday meeting with 20th-seeded Kristen Flipkens and 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki pitted against No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska.

The big names are lacking. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka all lost in the fourth round or sooner, which will likely result in lower ratings for the semis and final. Bill Simmons attempted to mock the lack or star power remaining in the tournament on Tuesday, but he made an embarrassing mistake.

Let’s have a massive round of applause for NBC Sports for making sure there was no way Simmons’ idiotic tweet flew under the radar. Granted, Simmons has never been shy about criticizing ESPN in the past, so he probably would have tweeted it anyway. But he was definitely attempting to be witty and failed miserably.

Between this tweet and the drama-filled week he had sparring with Doc Rivers, Simmons should probably just give it a rest. He’s going to give himself and thousands more a headache.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Atlanta radio hosts fired for mocking Steve Gleason

Steve GleasonThe hosts of an Atlanta sports radio show were fired on Monday for mocking former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who has ALS.

The station’s VP and GM initially suspended the hosts indefinitely, but he later fired them.

“We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on “Mayhem In The AM” on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS.”

Gleason, who played for the Saints from 2000-2006, is unable to speak or use his hands, so he uses a computer that allows him to type using his eyes and that provides a voice. Gleason typed a lengthy guest column for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, which prompted the hosts of “Mayhem in the AM” on 790 the Zone in Atlanta to do a mock interview where they pretended as if Gleason called into their show.

The hosts proceeded to replicate Gleason’s robotic voice. No surprise, they received immediate backlash for the offensive and insensitive bit.

One of the show’s hosts, Steak Shapiro, continued to tweet on Monday without appearing to address the incident. Another host, Nick Cellini, did apologize via Twitter.

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Keith Hernandez calls broken bat ‘dead soldier’ on Memorial Day

Keith HernandezKeith Hernandez was doing his usual job as a color commentator on Monday when he referenced a casual baseball saying that was untimely given the holiday.

Daniel Murphy was facing Phil Hughes in the bottom of the first of Monday’s New York Mets-New York Yankees Subway Series game and broke his bat on a 94-mph inside fastball from the pitcher. After Murphy was thrown out at first on a ground out, the camera focused on the broken bat on the field.

“Well, that is a dead solider right there, folks, laying on that infield dirt,” Hernandez said in reference to the broken bat. “That’s what we call getting sawed off. Nothing to be ashamed of — it happens.”

Ordinarily people wouldn’t think much of someone calling a broken bat a “dead soldier,” but the saying sounded especially bad coming on Memorial Day when the country pays tribute to all the real soldiers who died fighting for the country. Not only does Hernandez’s saying trivialize the deaths of the hundreds of thousands of US soldiers, but it also shows an incredible lack of awareness.

In the top of the second, Vernon Wells broke his bat on a pitch and Hernandez didn’t make any mention of the broken bat. Perhaps someone said something to him about his poor choice of words.

Maybe this is a good reminder to all of us that war analogies should not be applied to everyday life in general.

CBS Houston pulls story asking if Thunder cheerleader is too chunky


Earlier this week, CBS Houston writer Claire Crawford wrote a story that raised the question of whether or not one of the Oklahoma City Thunder dancers is “too chunky” to be a cheerleader. The entire story is posted above, and you can read it by clicking each section to enlarge the image.

“We are not trying to be ugly,” Crawford wrote. “We are just discussing what men like in women, specifically NBA cheerleaders.”

Even if men do prefer a specific body type when it comes to cheerleaders, embarrassing the young lady seems totally out of line. CBS Houston probably realized that, which is why the story has been pulled.

The story even ended with a poll question asking readers if they felt she was perfect for the job, could use some “tightening” up, or has “no business” wearing a cheerleading outfit in front of that many people.

Crawford’s real-life name reportedly is Anna-Megan Raley. Her Twitter accounts under her pseudonym and real name have been deleted, and an archive of her posts on CBS Houston have been wiped out for the most part.

The cheerleader who was targeted by the attack, Kelsey Williams, responded to the criticism over Twitter:

Just a couple months ago, we learned the story of a Green Bay Packers cheerleader who took a stand against cyber bullying after reading all the nasty things that were written about her on Facebook. Fans are always going to be ruthless, but there’s no excuse for the media to perpetuate stereotypes and basically highlight a cheerleader who some may consider to not fit the “cheerleading prototype.” I don’t see how anyone thought this article was worth posting.

14-year-old golfer Tianlang Guan called ‘Chinaman’ by news anchor George Faust

Tianlang-Guan-MastersOne of the most incredibly stories from the 2013 Masters was 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan playing well enough to make the cut. Augusta National has humbled some of the greatest golfers of all time, but Guan was able to shoot 4-over through his first two rounds. To make it even more impressive, Guan made his way into the weekend after being assessed a one-strike penalty on Friday for slow play. He finished the tournament at +12.

Naturally, the entire country has been talking about the 14-year-old’s amazing performance. That doesn’t mean everyone has discussed it in an appropriate manner. As you can see, sports anchor George Faust from KLFY in Louisiana referred to Tianlang as a “14-year-old Chinaman.”

Not cool. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who did not know that “Chinaman” is not an appropriate term for a Chinese person, but it’s the responsibility of a news anchor to know. Faust would probably like to have that one back.

H/T Deadspin

Charles Barkley defends Doug Gottlieb after ‘white man’s perspective’ comment (Video)

Doug-GottliebDoug Gottlieb tried to make a joke during CBS’ broadcast of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, and he ended up hearing nothing but crickets and Twitter outrage. If he could do it over, I’m sure Gottlieb would take back his comment about bringing the “white man’s perspective” to CBS’ panel of tournament analysts. He later apologized.

“It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” Gottlieb said according to the Associated Press.

However, Charles Barkley was not offended. After catching wind of the way Gottlieb was being torn apart on Twitter and other social media sites, Barkley decided to take a few moments to defend his colleague later in the broadcast.

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Dez Bryant takes aim at Skip Bayless for twisting his words

Dez BryantDez Bryant fired off a few tweets at Skip Bayless Wednesday to correct the ESPN host for twisting his words.

Bryant made headlines Tuesday for telling ESPN Dallas that he thinks he can reach 2,000 yards receiving in a season. Naturally, Bryant saying that 2,000 yards is a possibility led many people to believe he had predicted he would have a 2,000-yard season. The Cowboys receiver tried to set things straight over Twitter:

Bayless, to whom details are mere nuisances that interfere with his constant criticism, said the comments indicate Bryant is still immature.

The misinterpretation of his comments did not sit well with Bryant. He decided to try setting Bayless straight, which is often a pointless pursuit.

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