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ICYMI: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez reunite for all-time awkward interview

05.03.17 at 5:30 pm ET
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At first, it is CLEAR Jeter and A-Rod dislike each other, or at least it’s Jeter who has zero interest in being anywhere near A-Rod. Jeter doesn’t even smile until twenty seconds into this when the reporter asks if the two are friends now and he lets out the fakest fake laugh I’ve ever heard. Meanwhile, A-Rod has been grinning the whole time.

Actually, Rodriguez seems absolutely jazzed to be there, which makes Jeter’s standoffish approach to this interview even more apparent. A-Rod’s cracking jokes and grinning and slapping his knees with laughter and giddiness, while Jeter is counting the minutes until this is over. As the interview goes on, it seems the two bond over a shared annoyance with the CNBC reporter, who is a disaster.

The reporter even called Jeter “Alex.” He called DEREK JETER “Alex.” And it took him A FEW SECONDS to correct himself. DEREK JETER. Geez.

Also, listen to this clown interviewer’s segue from the charities the two are representing to A-Rod’s appearance at the Met Gala the night before. He basically said, “I was going to ask you about your charities but A-Rod, you went to the Met Gala last night and that’s way more interesting so tell us about that.” I’m paraphrasing but that’s not far off. Smooth.

After this “interviewer” asked A-Rod if he went to the gala with Jennifer Lopez (which he did, duh) he turns to, again DEREK FREAKING JETER, and said, “So, you, uh, you’re working with the, uh, the foundation there?” Doesn’t even know the name of Derek Jeter’s foundation. This is what I call a prepared journalist. Jeter takes it all like a champ though because you can see in his eyes he knows he’s better than both of these guys. And he is.

AND THEN Jeter starts talking about his charity and A-Rod completely hijacks the whole thing and tells a story about when he visited Jeter’s charity in Kalamazoo. Jeter had barely even said what his charity does.

AND THEN after A-Rod had just minutes earlier said Jeter wasn’t at the Met Gala, this interviewer turned to Jeter and said, “Did you enjoy the Met Gala last night?” Jeter said he did not go. This could have been avoided had the interviewer been listening.

AND THEN he tried to ask A-Rod (again) if he enjoyed the Met Gala, but instead he said, “Did you enjoy the game?” THE GAME. I mean, come on, man. Can you BE any more awkward?

I loved every single second of this interview. It is such a disaster it’s almost a masterpiece. Judging by his performance, I don’t think this man has ever interviewed anyone before in his life, so congrats to him on scoring these two as his first interview ever.

Rob Parker on FS1: ‘Boston is the most racist sports town in America’

05.03.17 at 3:41 pm ET
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Adam Jones says he was called the N-word at Fenway Park Monday. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Jones says he was called the N-word at Fenway Park Monday. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Parker has weighed in on the Adam Jones situation. His commentary is as bombastic as one would expect.

During a segment Wednesday on FS1’s “Undisputed,” the former Detroit Free Press sports columnist laid into Boston, calling it hostile towards African-Americans athletes.

“Atlanta is the worst sports town in America, and Boston is the most racist sports town in America. It just is,” he said. “And it’s not just this situation, there’s a laundry list of things that have gone on in that town and how people were treated. PK Subban a couple of years ago, Joel Ward –– that happened.”

The Ward incident occurred in 2012, when the ex-Capitals forward eliminated the Bruins from the playoffs with an overtime goal in Game 7 of the series. Following the game-winner, he was pelted on Twitter with racist insults from Bruins fans. Two years later, Subban was also barraged with racial epithets, but research showed none of the eight offenders were from Boston.

Parker went on to reference the bigotry Bill Russell experienced in Boston during his playing career in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

“All you need to do is go to Bill Russell –– who played there and won 11 championships in 13 years –– who called the fan base ‘racist.’ Plain and simple.”

Anti-Boston commentary from Parker is nothing new. He was one of Tom Brady’s staunchest critics during the Deflategate saga, saying he’s “Lance Armstrong without the bicycle.” Parker brought up Deflategate again in the midst of his latest rant against the city.

“The pushback you always get from Boston is, ‘It’s not us; Ted Wells is a liar.’ It’s always somebody else,” he said. “The radio ‘foofs’ up there in Boston, Skip, had the nerve to ask the president of the Red Sox, ‘Did you hear it? Did you hear it?’ And question that Adam Jones, a 12-year vet, who has no history of nothing but playing baseball, is going to make up a story and they’re going to say, ‘Well, did you hear it?’”

Following the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Red Sox Monday, Jones said fans called him the N-word a “handful” of times. The Red Sox issued a statement the next morning, saying the team is “sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”

A number of professional baseball players, including members of the Red Sox, have also said they’ve heard racial taunts at Fenway Park. Parker, who admittedly dislikes Boston, explained that most black athletes don’t want to play in the city.

“When I hear that stuff, it bothers me. But then again, Boston has never been one of my favorite towns,” he said. “If you talk to black athletes, most of the time [they say], ‘Hate that place. Don’t want to go up there.’ That’s just the way it is.”

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Aaron Hernandez’s alleged ‘murder car’ has been pulled from eBay

05.03.17 at 1:19 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez's alleged 'murder car' is no longer on eBay. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s alleged ‘murder car’ is no longer on eBay. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The silver SUV that was a center piece of Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial has been pulled from eBay without an explanation, the car’s owner says.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Buddy Clair, who owns Westford Auto Sales and put the car on the website, said he found out about the post’s removal at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. The infamous vehicle attracted 115 bidders and had reached $101,005 before eBay took it down.

“It’s valuable to somebody and somebody should have the right to own it without being criticized,’’ Clair told the Globe. “If we got lucky on this and sold it, we had talked about donating to the people that were involved in the history of it.”

The car’s listing billed it was the “REAL DEAL !!!,” saying it still contained police fingerprint dust. The winner of the auction was also supposed to be awarded $53,000.

Prosecutors say Hernandez was in the front passenger seat of the Toyota 4Runner when he killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in Boston on July 16, 2012. Jack Fox, a Rhode Island car dealer, leased the car to the disgraced ex-NFL star in exchange for tickets and other perks.

Hernandez, who was acquitted of double-murder charges in April, hanged himself at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley two weeks ago. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

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Roger Goodell reportedly angered by ESPN’s Ed Werder firing

05.03.17 at 12:41 pm ET
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Former ESPN reporter Ed Werder says Roger Goodell reached out to him last week. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Former ESPN reporter Ed Werder says Roger Goodell reached out to him last week. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN’s decision to lay off several dozen employees last week sparked outrage across the sports media landscape. It also reportedly caught the attention of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who reportedly contacted one of the reporters who was let go.

On his “Doomsday Podcast,” former ESPN NFL reporter Ed Werder, who was the first prominent personality to announce his dismissal on Twitter, said a number of league executives and players reached out to him to express their condolences. One of the well-wishes was Goodell, which surprised the longtime reporter.

“He said he was angered by it,” Werder said. “I haven’t spoken to him yet, but that surprised me. And that tells me something about Roger Goodell as a human being.”

Werder went on to say he offered to be Goodell’s body guard if the commissioner visits Gillette Stadium on Opening Night. The Super Bowl champion Patriots host the Chiefs Sept. 7.

Ironically, ESPN’s gargantuan rights agreement with the NFL is one of the reasons why it was forced to trim millions of dollars from its payroll. The WorldWide Leader pays the league $1.9 billion annually to air “Monday Night Football” and use video highlights.

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NFL writer Jason La Canfora tweets he wants Orioles to ‘drill’ Dustin Pedroia ‘hard in the knee’

05.03.17 at 11:40 am ET
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Dustin Pedroia has been at the center of the Red Sox-Orioles feud. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

Dustin Pedroia has been at the center of the Red Sox-Orioles feud. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL writer Jason La Canfora really, really wants the Orioles to hit Dustin Pedroia. So much, in fact, he’s tweeted about it a couple of times over the last two weeks.

La Canfora’s crusade started April 23, when Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes threw at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado’s head. The pitch was an apparent response to Machado spiking Pedroia at second base two days prior. Barnes was suspended four games for the incident.

After the pitch was thrown, Pedroia was shown on camera telling Machado he didn’t order the headshot. He expanded on his comments after the game, throwing Barnes under the bus in the process.

“That’s not how you do that. I’m sorry to him and his team. I love Manny Machado. That’s a mishandled situation,” he said.

Despite Pedroia’s contrition, La Canfora, an Orioles fan, started tweeting two weeks ago about his desire to see Baltimore drill the second baseman. If Pedroia wasn’t playing, he said the Orioles should target Mookie Betts.

Though the Orioles haven’t plunked Pedroia, Betts was drilled with a fastball in the thigh Monday. But apparently, that’s not enough for the CBS NFL Insider. He still wants Pedroia’s knees to be taken out.

La Canfora didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Michael Wilbon: Red Sox should consider shutting down Fenway Park after Adam Jones incident

05.03.17 at 10:33 am ET
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Michael Wilbon had strong words for the city of Boston Tuesday. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Wilbon had strong words for the city of Boston Tuesday. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

“Pardon the Interruption” co-host Michael Wilbon called out Boston Tuesday, questioning whether the city is “Boston Strong” and saying the Red Sox should consider shutting down Fenway Park.

In a spirited back-and-forth with his partner, Tony Kornheiser, the veteran sportswriter lambasted Red Sox fans for allegedly hurling the N-word at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones during Monday’s game. In fact, he proposed the Red Sox temporarily not allow fans into games.

“What the hell is this? 1947? Is that what this is?,” Wilbon asked. “Adam Jones has to be Jackie Robinson, and he has to have stuff thrown at him because he doesn’t look like the people throwing the stuff in the stands? Is that what we’re talking about? Then shut the stadiums down. Do like they do in Europe when they have incidents like this because of racist acts or violence and they say, ‘You know what? We’re having a closed door game.’ Then no fans!”

Wilson also challenged Boston to be “strong enough” to combat bigotry, invoking the slogan that arose following the 2013 Marathon Bombings.

“If you want to tell me all of the time about being ‘Boston Strong,’ then be strong enough and advocate that you can’t have this,” he said. “Be strong enough to have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior in your stadium and in public places.”

The Red Sox condemned the reported behavior in a statement, saying they’re “sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.” Owner John Henry and club officials met with Jones prior to Tuesday’s game as well. The Fenway Park crowd gave him a standing ovation when he stepped up to the plate in the first inning.

Though Wilbon acknowledged racism exists in other cities, he relayed a personal story about being called the N-word at the Boston Garden.

“The only place I have ever, to my face in a public place, been called the N-word is the Boston Garden,” he said. “This behavior is not new there. And I know people there –– a great many of my friends and relatives, my family members who are Bostonians –– they say how long can we live with this? As long as you continue to have it happen! This isn’t ancient history what happened to Adam Jones. It happened yesterday.”


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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jason Heyward ‘not surprised’ by racist taunts

05.03.17 at 10:08 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
San Francisco at LA Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Houston at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Anaheim at Edmonton, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said on Tuesday he is not shocked by the racist remarks from fans directed at Jones.

“You hear stuff, you hear stuff,” Heyward said when asked if he heard racist comments when the Cubs were at Fenway last week.

“Nothing shocks you,” he went on. “Nothing really shocks me. To that extent, when stuff like that happens, I’m not saying you expect it to happen, but you’re not surprised, growing up African-American, growing up playing baseball.”

However, Heyward did say this behavior is not exclusive to Fenway in his experience.

“It’s not the only park I’ve been in where I’ve heard it,” he said.

“It is what it is, man,” Heyward continued. “If somebody feels that’s what they’re going to use to their advantage, more power to them. It’s not going to affect me. It sucks. It’s something I feel like a lot of people would just like to not hear anymore, ever. But it’s part of life, unfortunately part of life.”

Tigers outfielder Justin Upton was also asked on Tuesday if he has ever experienced racial heckling in his career.

“Maybe not on that level,” Upton said. “People say things, man. We’re out there. There’s nobody really out there monitoring it. We have to bigger than that, let it roll off our shoulders and continue to play the game. I’ve never particularly heard anything in Boston.”

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Jemele Hill, other media members react to Red Sox fans racially taunting Adam Jones

05.02.17 at 10:26 am ET
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The Red Sox issued a statement Tuesday morning in response to Adam Jones saying Red Sox fans taunted him with racial slurs at Fenway Park on Monday night. The team apologized in the statement for the behavior of the fans.

National and local media members weighed in on the matter on social media:

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman gets Aaron Hernandez tribute tattoo; Athletes attend 2017 Met Gala

05.02.17 at 10:01 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Toronto at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
St. Louis at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


— A woman with the Instagram name MsMackHard posted a picture last Thursday of her new tattoo, which pays tribute to Aaron Hernandez.

“The most awesome tattoo I’ve ever gotten!! Dedicated to a man that had a major impact on my life.. Aaron Hernandez.. Save your negative comments I’ll delete them!,” her caption said.  

The tattoo is huge and reads “If it is to be, it is up to me” and Hernandez’s nickname “Chico” surrounded by his number 81 and “Rest in Peace” below it. This is now on her body for the rest of her life.

Her account also contains multiple pictures of Hernandez, including a repost from an account called “free_hernandez_81″ and a picture of him for “Felon Crush Monday,” which, for some reason, is a thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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A man proposed to his girlfriend at Fenway Park. She appeared to say “no”

05.01.17 at 3:44 pm ET
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People who propose to their partners at sporting events better be certain the answer will be “yes.” Because if it isn’t, things could get a little awkward.

An ugly scene unfolded at Fenway Park Sunday night, when a mid-inning scoreboard proposal appeared to go wrong. According to fans in attendance, a man asked his girlfriend if she would marry him –– standard enough. But then she seemingly said “no,” leading to an argument that everybody in the ballpark could watch take place in high-definition

As Boston Magazine notes, live proposals cost a $350 donation to the Red Sox Foundation. That’s a lot of money to pay for the privilege of getting embarrassed in front of tens of thousands of people.


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