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FOX Sports distances itself from Clay Travis after ‘inappropriate’ comments

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FOX Sports distanced itself from Clay Travis after the radio host made headlines Friday for “inappropriate” comments made on CNN.

Travis was a guest on CNN but was dropped from the interview by host Brooke Baldwin, who took great offense to Travis proudly declaring he only believes in the first amendment and boobs.

The video generated tremendous buzz and polarized audiences, with some being offended by Travis’ comments and others not understanding the outrage.

FOX Sports, for whom Travis used to be a television and web personality, issued a statement about the matter, calling Travis’ remarks “inappropriate.”

“His comments were inappropriate. Clay Travis has not worked at FOX Sports for six months and is a syndicated talent of Premiere Networks,” FOX said in a statement shared by Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand.

Travis later claimed on Twitter that he was invited back on CNN to discuss his comments Monday. He is known for being a host of the shockjock variety, meaning he frequently makes outrageous comments. Baldwin said she would not have Travis back.

Donald Trump rips ESPN in wake of Jemele Hill comments

Donald Trump

Donald Trump may have a lot on his plate with the whole running the country thing, but the president always makes time to fire back at those who criticize him. The situation with ESPN’s Jemele Hill is no exception.

On Friday morning, Trump took to Twitter to rip ESPN for losing subscribers and demand that Hill and the network apologize.

In case you haven’t heard, Hill blasted Trump earlier in the week and called him a white supremacist in a lengthy rant on social media. ESPN later distanced itself from the comments in a statement, forcing Hill to apologize for expressing her personal views via a forum that clearly associates her with the company. The network said it accepted the apology and denied a report claiming Hill was nearly kept off the air on Wednesday.

Report: ESPN wanted to keep Jemele Hill off-air Wednesday

Jemele Hill

ESPN ultimately backed Jemele Hill amid public pressure to fire her over her comments about Donald Trump, but one report says they wanted the host to take a breather on Wednesday.

Think Progress’ Lindsay Gibbs reports that ESPN wanted to keep Hill off air Wednesday. They ran into an issue when Hill’s co-workers reportedly gave her incredible support.

Think Progress says Hill’s “SportsCenter” co-host Michael Smith refused to do the show without Hill. Meanwhile, potential fill-in hosts ESPN was said to have contacted, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan (both of whom are black), did not agree to sub-in. A tweet from Eaves sent on Wednesday indicated he was angry/frustrated.

Hill did not miss any time hosting her show despite being embroiled in the controversy. The pressure even came from the White House after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Hill’s Twitter comments about Trump were a “fireable offense.”

In tweets sent as part of a political discussion on Monday, Hill called Trump a white supremacist. ESPN sent a statement saying the comments were “inappropriate.”

Hill sent a statement via Twitter Wednesday in which she apologized for making ESPN look bad through her comments. The network said it had accepted her apology.

It’s important to note that ESPN told Think Progress they always wanted Hill to host the show Wednesday with Smith despite reports saying they tried to do otherwise.

“In the end, ultimately, Michael and Jemele appearing on the show last night and doing the show the way they did is the outcome we always desired,” senior VP Rob King told Think Progress.

ESPN accepts Jemele Hill’s apology for Donald Trump tweets

Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill on Wednesday addressed the “elephant in the room” in her words, sending a statement via Twitter about the controversy in which she’s involved.

The ESPN personality, who is a co-host of “SC6 with Michael and Jemele”, took ownership of her controversial statement about President Donald Trump. She also said she regretted that her company was tied to her opinion.

ESPN said in a statement that Hill acknowledged her tweets crossed a line and apologized for doing so. They said they accepted her apology.

Hill on Monday stoked a political discussion on her Twitter account by making a comment about Kid Rock’s seeming senate bid. She then began engaging with some folks who responded, and the conversation was turned to President Trump, whom she called a white supremacist.

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Craig Carton resigns from WFAN amid FBI investigation

Craig Carton

Craig Carton announced on Wednesday that he has resigned from his position as a radio host on WFAN.

Carton, 48, has been a morning host on WFAN with Boomer Esiason for 10 years, but has stepped down after being arrested by the FBI last week amid allegations of fraud.

“For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I’ve always tried to represent them in the best possible light,” Carton said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.

“I’ve always felt a personal connection to our listeners and want to thank them for making me a part of their daily routine. I hope they can respect the fact that as much as I want to talk about the allegations against me I can’t at this time. There will come a time when I will be able to speak directly about the case and I hope our listeners will be there.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank my family, friends, listeners and especially the executives at WFAN and CBS Radio for their continued understanding and for giving me the most amazing platform to do what I love to do the most, besides being with my family.”

Carton is accused of running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme to help cover the millions he owed in gambling debts. Phil Simms has filled in for Carton on the show with Esiason and reportedly will replace him in the future.

ESPN calls Jemele Hill’s anti-Donald Trump rant ‘inappropriate’

Longtime ESPN journalist and on-air talent Jemele Hill fired off some tweets on Monday accusing Donald Trump of being a white supremacist, and the network has since released a statement distancing itself from Hill’s remarks.

Hill, who has often used her Twitter account to address issues with social inequality, started by unloading on Kid Rock for being racist. She then called Trump a “bigot” and said his being elected president was a “direct result of white supremacy.” Here are some of the tweets:

ESPN has long been accused of having a liberal bias, but for the most part it seems like the network wants its biggest on-air talents to avoid political debates altogether. On Tuesday, the World Wide Leader called Hill’s actions “inappropriate.”

We know one former ESPN employee feels she was laid off for being too conservative, but many will accuse ESPN of defending Trump with its statement on Hill’s rant. Again, the issue for the network seems to be more about avoiding political debates altogether.

ESPN reporter Sergio Dipp responds to struggling on viral report (Video)

Sergio Dipp

ESPN reporter Sergio Dipp is about to become internet famous, but it’s not for a good reason.

The sideline reporter was part of ESPN’s broadcast team for the Monday night game between the Chargers and Broncos and was asked to deliver a report on new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.

The results were, ugh, shaky to say the least:

Dipp is a reporter for ESPN in Latin America and lives in Mexico, so he was not reporting in his native language. He looked like he either had a report prepared on a teleprompter and there was a technical error, or he had his speech memorized and blanked when he went live.

Being on the big stage and reporting in English probably was a big challenge for Dipp. The good news is the 29-year-old seems to be staying positive:

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