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Steve Buckley: Bill Simmons tried to out me 04.27.17 at 12:57 pm ET
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Steve Buckley announced he was gay in 2011. (Photo provided)

Steve Buckley announced he was gay in 2011. (Photo provided)

The Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley announced he was gay in a column seven years ago. But he says Bill Simmons tried to out him a decade earlier.

During the debut episode of WEEI’s latest podcast, “Two Outs with Steve Buckley and Alex Reimer,” the longtime sports scribe describes his coming out process. While Buckley wasn’t publicly out until 2011, he says he didn’t make much of an effort to hide his sexuality when around friends and some co-workers.

Simmons, who was writing for the defunct AOL Digital Cities in the late 1990s and early 2000s, often wrote acerbic commentary about Boston sports media members. During that time period, Buckley says Simmons made several thinly veiled references to his sexuality on his blog. Most of Simmons’ work for Digital Cities, including the articles in question, have been expunged.

“I’ve never really talked about this before, but Bill, during that period, made several references to my sexual orientation,” Buckley said. “‘Oh, he’s the most popular sports writer in Provincetown’ –– ‘wink’ ‘wink.'”

Buckley says the barbs “devastated” him and caused some angst. He was planning on coming out in 2003, but then his mother passed away, causing him to push the announcement back. When he penned his column eight years later, Buckley says he decided to not hold any grudges.

“I made a decision when I came out –– ‘Blood is a big expense,’ to use a line from the Godfather,” he said. “I wasn’t going to go carrying baggage for the rest of my life. If I saw Bill right now, I would talk to him about it. … I wanted to prevent the next Bill Simmons from trying to out me. So I dealt with it, and I moved on.”

When Buckley did come out, Simmons recorded a podcast with LZ Granderson, an openly gay sportswriter for ESPN. In it, Simmons seemed unimpressed with the nature of Buckley’s announcement.

“In 2011, is it too little to come out and write a column that says, ‘I’m gay?,'” he asked.

After the column was published, Buckley says he read some criticism from members of the LGBTQ community who felt he was exploiting the work of activists who participated in the Stonewall Riots and other seminal moments in LGBTQ history. He explains the standard-bearers of the gay rights movement laid the groundwork for him to come out.

“Someone wrote a letter to the editor in a paper that someone sent me,” Buckley said. “The basic message was, there were people back in the 60’s and 70’s and the Stonewall Riots, fighting the good fight, the AIDS quote and all of that, and they did all of the heavy lifting and then I just kind of swooped in and took advantage of all of that. Those were the real heroes. To which I say, ‘absolutely.’ But here’s why they miss the point: All of those noble people, beginning with the people who fought the police at Stonewall back in ’69, why did they do it? They did it so I could come out. They did it for me.”

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Jemele Hill to Kirk Minihane: Meet me ‘face to face’ 04.27.17 at 10:02 am ET
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Update (May 3, 2:45 p.m.): Kirk Minihane and Jemele Hill are back at it, this time sparring over Hill’s commentary on the Adam Jones incident at Fenway Park:

Previously: 

None of the several dozen employees who ESPN canned Wednesday expressed animosity towards the WorldWide Leader on their way out the door.

Kirk Minihane did it for them.

While watching “SC:6″ with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, Minihane offered up a less than flattering take about the show.

Despite receiving ample promotion, Smith and Hill have been unable to gain a steady audience for their new venture. As of last month, ratings for the 6:00 p.m. edition of “SportsCenter” were down 12 percent from 2016 –– on par with “Pardon the Interruption.”

The reaction to the program has been harsh as well. Yahoo finance writer Daniel Roberts tweeted this week roughly 50 percent of the 3,000 comments he received on a story about ESPN’s layoffs were people pleading with the company to cancel “SC:6.”

Hill, though, isn’t taking the criticism sitting down. After declining an invitation to join “Kirk & Callahan,” she said she wants to meet Minihane “face to face.”

If that confrontation aired on “SC:6″ one night, perhaps the show would finally draw a rating.

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Report: Aaron Hernandez’s gay prison lover has been identified 04.24.17 at 12:15 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez's sexuality was reportedly at the center of the investigation into the Odin Lloyd murder. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality was reportedly at the center of the investigation into Odin Lloyd’s murder. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez left three handwritten notes next to a bible in his prison cell before he hanged himself last week. The Daily Mail reports they were addressed to his fiancee, four-year-old daughter and gay prison lover. The identity of Hernandez’s alleged partner has now been revealed.

Citing sources, the Daily Mail says the disgraced ex-NFL star’s prison boyfriend was Kyle Kennedy, a 22-year-old Worcester native who’s serving time for armed robbery. According to the British tabloid, Hernandez gifted Kennedy a $50,000 watch and other property before he took his own life. Kennedy is reportedly under suicide watch.

Daily Mail reporters went to the Kennedy’s suburban home seeking comment, but his father chased them away.

The Milford Daily News covered Kennedy’s early morning robbery of a Cumberland Farms gas station in Northbridge when he was arrested in January 2015. During the burglary, Kennedy was sporting a black mask and wielded a butcher knife. Police handcuffed him after a high-speed chase.

Kennedy set up a profile on a website titled “Write Your Prisoner,” asking for pen pals so he can “possibly build friendships with people from around the world.” His hobbies include racing motocross and “doing anything that includes the outdoors.” His earliest release date is March 1, 2018.

On Kirk & Callahan last week, Boston-based investigate journalist Michele McPhee first reported Hernandez was in a relationship with a male high school classmate from Connecticut prior to the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. She says Lloyd’s alleged knowledge of the romance may have played a role in his murder.

“There was a relationship with somebody from his high school years,” McPhee said. “That may have provided –– and this was one of the investigative theories in the beginning –– because they got information from Ernest Wallace that perhaps –– and remember, Ernest Wallace was the guy who ditched the gun –– they had information from him that one of the motives is Odin Lloyd used a derogatory term for gay people in front of Aaron Hernandez and that Odin Lloyd had knowledge because of this relationship he had with the man in Connecticut.”

A judge ruled Monday copies of the former Patriot tight end’s suicide notes will be given to his family. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd slaying, was recently acquitted on double-murder charges for a Boston shooting, five days before he was found dead in his prison cell last week.

Author’s note: this post was updated to include the news about Hernandez’s family receiving copies of his suicide notes. 

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Frequent Kirk & Callahan caller ‘Rabbit’ suggests Aaron Hernandez committed suicide due to homosexuality rumors 04.19.17 at 12:45 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday morning after an apparent suicide attempt. (Pool photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday morning after an apparent suicide attempt. (Pool photo/Keith Bedford)

The timing of Aaron Hernandez’s apparent suicide Wednesday morning was curious, considering he was acquitted on double murder charges five days ago. But a longtime caller to Kirk & Callahan, and ex-con, says Hernandez took his own life because of recently resurfaced rumors about his sexuality.

In an interview on K&C Monday, Boston journalist Michelle McPhee said Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd because he caught the former Patriots tight end in a “compromising position,” presumably with another man. “Rabbit,” who calls WEEI under an alias, told K&C he spoke with Hernandez about the accusation Tuesday.

“As a gang member, the one thing they don’t take lightly is homosexuality. It’s not allowed,” he said. “You have to be terminated. He knew it was going to be non-stop trouble for him.”

“Rabbit” claims he’s spoken with Hernandez “dozens of times” over the last four years. He said the ex-NFL star seemed incensed when they spoke, but not suicidal.

“[Hernandez] just was trying to explain to me to tell everybody that it was not true. It was 100 percent not true,” he explained. “And that people are out to get him, and that people weren’t happy with him. First of all, everybody loved him [in prison]. So I was telling him, ‘You don’t have to worry about these things. Nothing is going to happen to you.’ He’s like, ‘No, no, you don’t understand.’

Prosecutors still haven’t attached a clear motive to the Lloyd shooting, four years after it occurred. During the investigation, law enforcement officials said Hernandez was likely stewing over incidents at a night club.

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Watch Jet the producer take on Alex Reimer in arm wrestling match 04.14.17 at 10:39 am ET
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Jet the producer took on Alex Reimer in an arm wrestling match for the ages Friday morning on the Kirk & Callahan show.

Check out the video below.

Barstool Sports guys push Johnny Manziel down comeback trail 02.03.17 at 2:52 pm ET
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Predictably, Johnny Manziel has been where the action is at during Super Bowl week.

First, Manziel had his much-publicized autograph signing. Then he linked up with the guys who are seemingly everywhere in and around Houston — the Barstool Sports guys.

The former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns took the football field once again, this time allowing Barstool founder David Portnoy and his posse to put Manziel through his paces.

When told that one of his receivers for the day, “Glenny Balls”, was fast despite being 5-foot-8, 310 pounds Manziel responded, “You’re about the size of all my receivers in Cleveland, so we’re good.” He then caught himself, “They’re the best, don’t get me wrong.”

Everything you have said about Patriots this season summarized in just 3 minutes 01.29.17 at 1:57 pm ET
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Thanks to Fitzy (AKA, WAAF’s Nick Stevens), we now have the definitive compilation of what virtually every sports fan in New England has thought or said.

Bart Hubbuch apparently is unemployed, no longer works for New York Post 01.28.17 at 1:25 pm ET
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Bart Hubbuch apparently no longer is an employee of the New York Post.

The NFL writer removed the Post from his Twitter profile on Friday night and then WEEI’s Kirk Minihane contacted the paper on Saturday and an editor said they “no longer have a business relationship” with Hubbuch.

Hubbuch has said a number of questionable things on Twitter, but his most recent might have been the last straw as he compared President Trump’s inauguration to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.

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Kirk Minihane, Gerry Callahan disrobe the Nation’s Dave Zirin in combative interview 01.27.17 at 12:45 pm ET
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Unlike other writers who have found themselves in Kirk Minihane’s and Gerry Callahan’s crosshairs, the Nation’s Dave Zirin did come on Kirk & Callahan Friday to defend his piece: “Yes, Tom Brady’s friendship with Donald Trump matters.”

Seventeen minutes later, he was reduced to a stammering mess before hanging up the phone.

In his weekly interview with K&C Monday, Brady said he didn’t know why his relationship with the most disliked president ever is such a “big deal.” To Zirin, it sounded like Brady is removed from reality.

“I heard a little whine. I heard somebody who was exasperated. I heard somebody who literally does not understand why this is an issue,” he said. “It’s like a cognitive dissonance thing. I don’t know if you ever saw the movie Bird Cage, but there’s that scene where Gene Hackman finally sees that Nathan Lane is a guy when he takes the wig off, and instead of being upset he’s just sort of like, ‘I don’t understand! I don’t understand!’

“I think that’s why the thing about Tom Brady –– I think he’s very removed from the hundreds of thousands of people who were in the streets of Boston last week, from what people are saying about Donald Trump. He doesn’t quite get that this is not a normal president and these are not normal times. And this kind of friendship is going to be looked at very closely.”

In his piece, Zirin brings up Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty, who raised their fists for racial justice during the national anthem prior to the season-opener. He presumes they have an objection to Brady’s relationship with Trump, even though he hasn’t spoken to either player.

“Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty have not said word one about Tom Brady or Donald Trump. You are presuming they have, and you’re presuming Tom Brady has never had a conversion with them about it,” Minihane said. “You’re looking at black people as an entire race and not focusing on individuals. Maybe Martellus Bennett doesn’t care that much. Maybe Devin McCourty doesn’t care if [Hillary] Clinton or Trump is president. Has that crossed your mind? You’re just assuming things about Tom Brady and his teammates with no facts.”

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Erin Andrews reveals she battled cervical cancer this NFL season 01.24.17 at 1:25 pm ET
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Erin Andrews revealed she had surgery for cervical cancer. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Erin Andrews revealed she had surgery for cervical cancer. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

FOX Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews revealed she battled cervical cancer during the NFL season in an interview with Emily Kaplan of MMQB.com.

Andrews underwent surgery for the cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 11 and was back on the sidelines five days later.

“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews said. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”

All of this comes after Andrews settled last year with two hotel companies that were found partially liable for a stalker posting secretly recorded nude video of her online.

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