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Friday, September 20, 2019

Policing the Media

Kevin Kietzman offers apology for Andy Reid comments, pulled off air indefinitely

Kevin Kietzman

Radio host Kevin Kietzman has been pulled off air indefinitely by WHB over his comments about Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and has issued an apology.

On Monday, Kietzman, the longtime host of “Between the Lines” on Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City, got personal in his criticism of Reid. Kietzman discussed the issues Tyreek Hill is facing and combined Hill’s disciplinary issues with the problems Reid’s sons have had. He concluded Reid has problems disciplining people. Keep in mind that two of Reid’s sons have had drug problems, including son Garrett, who died in 2012 of a heroin overdose.

A day after the controversial comments made headlines and received attention, the station’s owner, Union Broadcasting, issued a statement saying they were pulling Kietzman off air for now.

“We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of Between the Lines. We have decided to take the immediate step to take Kevin off the air until further notice as we review this matter.

“We take Kevin’s comments and those of all on-air staff seriously. Kevin’s comments were clearly not to his or our standards. Please know that we will take necessary appropriate actions.

“We sincerely apologize to Andy Reid and his family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and our loyal listeners and share their concerns,” the station said.

Kietzman also issued an apology but he placed blame on others for misinterpreting his words.

I’m really not sure Kietzman understands what he did wrong if he thinks the problem lies with the way people took his words. He could have just left his comments at saying Andy Reid is not good with disciplining his players. That would have been fine. As soon as he brought up Reid’s family and insisted that needed to be included in the argument, that’s where he went wrong. Thinking the problem is the misinterpretation by people rather than his actions of bringing up Reid’s family is the real issue.

Stephen A Smith totally embarrasses himself with Dwayne Haskins comments

Stephen A Smith

Stephen A Smith really needs to reconsider his ability to competently speak about football.

The ESPN personality has made headlines the last few months for the wrong reasons — embarrassing himself with his lack of football knowledge, with this December video taking the cake.

On Friday, he exposed himself for his pathetically wrong take on Dwayne Haskins. Smith said he sees the former Ohio State quarterback as “more of a runner than a thrower.”

Smith made it clear once again that he does not watch football and that he in all likelihood never saw Haskins play. Haskins is a pocket passer, period. There is no debate. It feels like Smith was racially stereotyping Haskins as a runner because he’s black, not because of the type of football he plays. This would be like calling Jameis Winston a running quarterback; everyone knows he’s not.

And in case you need more, stats say Haskins only scrambled on five percent of his dropbacks last season. A guy who runs once out of 20 times is not a running quarterback.

But you know the worst part? Rather than just admit he was wrong and take the L, Smith kept trying to defend himself even though he had been busted. Fans weren’t letting him off the hook.

Smith has rapidly lost credibility and proved just how difficult it is to be knowledgeable about multiple sports. It’s impossible to watch everything, and when your job requires you to comment on things you haven’t seen, you’re going to get exposed like this at times.

Watch: Stephen A. Smith thinks Kareem Hunt plays for the Saints

Stephen A Smith

Stephen A. Smith’s knowledge of NFL players still seems a bit lacking.

For whatever reason, on Friday’s edition of “The Stephen A. Smith Show,” Smith cited Kareem Hunt as one of the many offensive weapons the New Orleans Saints boast, despite the fact that Hunt is not and has never played for the organization.

Not only does Hunt not play for the Saints, but he’s very much not involved with the NFL right now and probably won’t be for some time.

It’s hard to figure out who Smith is referring to, as he may well have misspoken. Perhaps he means Alvin Kamara, but it doesn’t really matter. After all, it didn’t really matter who or what he was trying to refer to the last time this happened, either.

Chargers players get in on Stephen A. Smith trolling after big win

Stephen A Smith

The Los Angeles Chargers pulled off their biggest win of the season on Thursday night in dramatic fashion, but erasing a 14-point deficit — on two separate occasions — was not enough to make them forget about what happened with Stephen A. Smith earlier in the day.

During an ESPN appearance on Thursday morning, Smith offered some of his takes on the big AFC West showdown between the Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. To say he embarrassed himself would be an understatement, as it seemed like he knew absolutely nothing about the game.

Not long after the Chargers defeated the Chiefs by scoring a touchdown with four seconds left and adding on a two-point conversion, offensive lineman Russell Okung took to Twitter to compliment Henry on a job well done. Henry was happy to play along.

Henry, of course, has not played this season after he suffered a torn ACL in May. Smith tried to offer an explanation for why he brought Henry up during his analysis, but it was obvious he just wasn’t prepared to discuss the game. The Chargers aren’t letting him forget it.

Chargers troll Stephen A Smith in hilarious fashion after botched game preview

Stephen A Smith

Stephen A. Smith left NFL fans feeling like he knows absolutely nothing about football with the way he spoke on Thursday about the upcoming showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers, and the longtime ESPN personality is being absolutely crucified for it on social media.

Things started to go south for Smith when he said he is looking forward to seeing the type of impact Spencer Ware can make in the game. As you may know, the running back has been ruled out with hamstring and shoulder injuries. It only got worse from there.

To put it lightly, Twitter was not kind to Smith. But the Chargers’ official Twitter account fired the best shot of all.

Smith was truly getting it from all angles. Perhaps making matters worse, he tried to defend himself on Twitter by saying he misspoke and said Henry when he meant fellow tight end Virgil Green.

Really? The same Virgil Green who has caught 15 passes all season and not snagged a ball in the past three games? What about his reference to Johnson? Smith is going to have to do a lot better than that.

The looks on the faces of Tedy Bruschi and Max Kellerman said it all. Smith has made a career out of unloading on other people with hot takes, but he’s just going to have to take his medicine this time. He clearly wasn’t prepared enough to discuss the Chiefs and Chargers.

Trevor Bauer calls out reporter over injury timetable

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer called out a Cleveland Indians reporter over Twitter for seemingly trying to start a controversy.

Bauer has a stress fracture after being hit in the right leg with a line drive on Saturday. Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday that the pitcher is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which could put his playoff availability in jeopardy.

Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes tweeted about the matter and said that Bauer’s timetable differs from Francona’s.

According to The Athletic, here’s what Bauer said about his injury timetable:

“Anywhere between tomorrow and never. We’ll find out. You’re going to get a very different answer if you ask me that question and if you ask the medical staff that question, so probably should defer to doctors on that,” Bauer said.

So Bauer says defer to the doctors. Hoynes says Bauer said his timetable was different from the team. Something doesn’t add up.

Bauer decided to call Hoynes out about that.

Hoynes gave a sarcastic response to Bauer, who maintained his unhappiness with the reporter.

Hoynes is the same reporter who declared the Indians’ season over in mid-September during the 2016 season. The team went on to reach the World Series. Maybe he just likes being wrong.

And did he really think Trevor Bauer of all people wouldn’t respond? He should know better.

Outlet presented quote to make Dez Bryant look worse

Dez Bryant

Comments from Dallas Cowboys executive Stephen Jones were presented by a media outlet to make Dez Bryant look bad, leading to major headlines and some fallout on Friday.

Jones joined SiriusXM NFL Radio from Cowboys camp and talked about Dak Prescott’s development. Jones said that he thought not having Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in his ear would help Prescott. Unfortunately, when SiriusXM NFL Radio tweeted the quote, they left out that Jones mentioned Witten as well. Leaving Witten out made it seem like Jones was singling out Bryant as being detrimental to Prescott.

The original tweet said “Dak is working on his game and accuracy. He has to trust the system. I think that was tough last year with Dez Bryant in his ear. I think he’ll have the year he had last year if not better.”

They even tagged Bryant in the tweet so he would know about it. And guess what? Bryant responded and went on a huge rant where he trashed Sean Lee among others.

They eventually deleted the tweet and replaced it with the actual quote from Stephen Jones. The quote was, “He’s gotta trust the system, which at times last year, there was some pressure … with Dez in his ear and to some degree Jason in his ear. Those great players want the ball.”

The second tweet, which contains the full quote, is much less inflammatory and points out that great players like Bryant and Witten want the ball. It doesn’t single out Dez.

Should Bryant have gone off in response the way he did? No, which is part of the reason why Lee calls him out for a lack of accountability. But he certainly had a legitimate gripe with the media outlet for trying to make him look worse than deserved.