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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Caitlyn Jenner says she knew O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown Simpson; Twitter reactions to ESPN layoffs 04.27.17 at 8:52 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Seattle at Detroit, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Houston at Cleveland, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: NY Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Toronto at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL Draft, 8 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network)
NHL: NY Rangers at Ottawa, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Sirius XM channel, Radio Andy, on Wednesday, Caitlyn Jenner said she is sure O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994.

“I knew he did it,” Jenner told Cohen.“There was three people at the crime scene: DNA evidence, three people at the crime scene. Pick a murderer. How hard is that?”

Nicole Simpson was a close friend of Kris Jenner, whose late husband Robert Kardashian was an attorney for O.J. in the murder trial. Jenner said even though Kardashian believed Simpson to be innocent, “Kris was on my side.”

“After the whole thing was over Robert just said to me, ‘I would have been OK if they got him in the first trial.’ That’s the only thing he ever said and that’s about the closest he’ll ever come, [while] never saying he actually did it,” Jenner said.

She said after the first trial, “[Kardashian] was now the guy who helped [Simpson] get away with murder and he was destroyed by everybody. And I felt terribly sorry for him.”

Jenner also said Kris “pretty much knew. We were just obviously very disappointed with the verdict.”

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Caitlyn Jenner reveals she’s had sex reassignment surgery 04.11.17 at 9:47 am ET
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Caitlyn Jenner reveals in her new memoir she's undergone sex reassignment surgery. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun via USA Today Network)

Caitlyn Jenner reveals in her new memoir she’s undergone sex reassignment surgery. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun via USA Today Network)

Two years ago, Caitlyn Jenner revealed she was a transgender woman during a sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer. Now, in a new memoir, she says she’s recently undergone sex reassignment surgery to complete the transition.

Radar Online published excerpts Monday of Jenner’s book, “The Secrets Of My Life,” which will be released April 25. In it, the two-time Olympic gold medalist says she went through with the operation in January.

“The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful but liberated,” she writes. “I am telling you because I believe in candor. So all of you can stop staring. You want to know, so now you know. Which is why this is the first time, and the last time, I will ever speak of it.”

Jenner, 67, underwent facial feminization surgery in March 2015. She explains the gender reconstruction procedure was the next step.

“So why even consider it? Because it’s just a penis. It has no special gifts or use for me other tan what I have said before, the ability to take a whiz in the woods,” Jenner writes in the book. “I just want to have all the right parts. I am also tired of tucking the damn thing in all the time.”

After coming out as transgender, Jenner starred in an eight-part reality series, “I am Cait.” It tied for best Outstanding Reality Program at the GLAAD Awards in 2016.

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Commend Caitlyn Jenner for her powerful condemnation of Donald Trump’s transgender order 02.24.17 at 12:17 pm ET
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It’s sometimes difficult to take Caitlyn Jenner seriously, considering she’s spent many years of her life exploiting her name on the Kardashian family’s reality show. But in a world bereft of prominent transgender voices, she plays an important role. That was on display this week, when she pushed back against the Trump administration’s decision to overturn federal protections for transgender students that let them use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity.

In a video posted to Twitter Thursday, the two-time Olympic gold medalist rails against the revocation of the Obama-era order. Jenner, who supported President Donald Trump during the election, calls the policy a “disaster.”

“I have a message for President Trump, from one Republican to another,” Jenner said. “This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

Throughout the campaign, Trump disingenuously presented himself as a pro-LGBTQ candidate. In his speech at the Republican National Convention, he pledged to protect the community from Islamic terrorism, while ignoring his own vice president’s hostile record on gay rights. He also named Jeff Sessions attorney general, who was one of the most anti-LGBTQ members of the senate and reportedly pushed for the reversal of President Barack Obama’s transgender guidelines.

Despite those actions, Trump gave the transgender community lip service in an interview last April on NBC’s “Today.” He said if Jenner were to visit Trump Tower, she could use any bathroom she chooses. Apparently, he doesn’t feel transgender kids should have that same right when they go to school.

After those comments, Jenner said she thought Trump would be more pro-LGBTQ than his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. But her previous endorsement didn’t preclude her from condemning the Trump administration’s policy.

“You’re sick. And because you’re weak, you pick on kids, you pick on women or anyone else you think is vulnerable,” she said in her video. “Apparently even becoming the attorney general isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities.”

Transgender kids are some of the most vulnerable people in the U.S. More than 80 percent of transgender students say they feel threatened at school, and 41 percent of transgender people say they’ve tried to commit suicide at least once in their lives. The suicide attempt rate of the overall U.S. population is 4.6 percent.

Jenner may not be the most intellectual spokesperson for the LGBTQ cause, but that’s OK. After hiding her identity for over 60 years –– she says she used to wear women’s clothing as a teenager –– Jenner seems proud of who she is. It’s important for people to see that.

There’s no singular moment in the gay rights movement that’s led to mainstream acceptance. With each person who comes out, the stigma around homosexuality continues to decrease.

Jenner is perhaps the most famous transgender person in the world. Her advocacy is meaningful, even if it comes in the form of a goofy-looking video recorded in her kitchen.

“I have a message for the trans kids of America: You’re winning,” she said. “I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning. Very soon, we will win full freedom nationwide and it’s going to be with bipartisan support.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Caitlyn Jenner calls Donald Trump’s transgender bathroom policy a ‘disaster'; Charles Oakley attends Knicks-Cavaliers game at 9:27 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 

MLB: Exhibition: NY Mets at Boston, 1:05 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: Philadelphia at NY Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Boston at Toronto, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Edmonton at Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL)
College Hockey: Notre Dame at Boston University, 6 p.m. (NESN)
College Hockey: UMass-Lowell at Boston College, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Central Michigan at Toledo, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oakland at Green Bay, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Siena at Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Akron at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Dayton at Davidson, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball:Manhattan at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at California, 10 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Caitlyn Jenner spoke out against Donald Trump’s transgender bathroom rollback Thursday night, tweeting a video response in which she calls the policy “a disaster.”

She begins by addressing the transgender people in this country, to whom she said, “You’re winning.”

“I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning,” she said. “Very soon we will win full freedom nationwide and it’s going to be with bipartisan support.”

She also spoke to bullies of transgender people, calling them “sick.”

“Apparently, even becoming the attorney general isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities,” she said as a jab at United States attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Jenner concluded the video with a strong message to Trump: “From one Republican to another, this is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Donald Trump’s advisors want him to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration 01.19.17 at 1:35 pm ET
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Donald Trump filled his cabinet with staunch opponents of gay rights, but his advisors think a dance with Caitlyn Jenner at the inauguration will appease the anxious LGBTQ community.

According to the New York Post, people close to the President-elect are urging him to sway his hips with Jenner Friday.

“The image of Trump dancing with Caitlyn would send a strong message that he supports gay rights and trans rights,” one unnamed Republican said. “A picture is worth a thousand tweets.”

A representative for Jenner told PEOPLE Magazine the gold medalist will attend the inauguration, but currently isn’t planning to share the dance floor with Trump.

Jenner is a longtime Republican and reportedly lobbied her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, to considering voting for Trump last year. Trump expressed support for transgender rights on the campaign trail, when he told NBC’s Matt Lauer that Jenner would be free to use any bathroom she wants if she were to visit Trump Tower. The following week, Jenner took him up on his offer.

Though Trump never spoke ill of the LGBTQ community during his presidential campaign –– he said he would protect its members from “violence and oppression” during his Republican National Convention speech –– many of his cabinet choices have histories of advocating for anti-LGBTQ policies. Perhaps the most egregious offender is Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who signed a religious freedom law when he was governor of Indiana that critics say would’ve permitted businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians (he signed an amended version of the bill after facing immense national backlash). In addition to that, Pence is a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage and once appeared to express support for gay conversion therapy.

When it comes to domestic policy, Trump’s personal views are largely irrelevant. The people he’s put in charge will shape what the country looks like over the next four to eight years, and it’s a scary visual for many members of the LGBTQ community. It’s insulting for Trump’s advisors to think one dance with Jenner will ease those well-founded nerves.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rookie Chris Heston joins Giants’ record-tying streak of no-hitters 06.10.15 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Stanley Cup Final, Lightning at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Germany vs. United States, 2:45 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In what has become an annual occurrence, a Giants pitcher threw a no-hitter, with rookie Chris Heston doing the honors Tuesday night against the Mets.

Heston, a 27-year-old right-hander making just the 13th start of his major league career, hit a batter but then struck out the side (all called third strikes) in the ninth inning to close out the 5-0 win. It was the first no-hitter by a rookie since Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox in 2007, and the first no-hitter Heston could recall pitching at any level.

“I definitely threw more in the backyard than I have in real life, that’s for sure,” he said afterward.

Heston, who hit three batters but allowed no other baserunners, struck out Ruben Tejada to end it, then hopped off the mound, slapped his glove and hugged catcher Buster Posey.

“I wasn’t too sure where to go after that last out,” he said.

The Giants are just the second team to have a no-hitter in four straight seasons, joining the 1962-65 Dodgers (all from Sandy Koufax). Tim Lincecum threw no-hitters in 2012 and ’13, and Matt Cain had one last year.

— Bob Costas joined in on the criticism of ESPN for the network’s decision to give the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner, calling the decision a “crass exploitation play.”

Costas, speaking on Dan Patrick’s radio show Tuesday, said he supported Jenner’s decision to find happiness by switching genders, but he said the network is buying in to the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians culture that has overtaken a good part of the cultural landscape.”

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Thinking Out Loud: ESPN errs by passing over Lauren Hill in favor of honoring Caitlyn Jenner 06.05.15 at 5:06 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering if Quahog’s own Adam West is also preparing a run for president?

— A 65-year-old woman named Caitlyn? Sorry, that’s too weird. Ethel, maybe. Or Ruth.

— And while we’re thinking about actual courage, how about ESPN give the ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award, ticketed to Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner, to someone like Lauren Hill, the college basketball player in Ohio who stole our hearts last season while terminally ill with a brain tumor? The twitterverse seemed to agree this week. Just sayin’.

— In case you forgot the story, before she passed away in April, Hill helped raise more than $1.5 million to help fight cancer, all during the final months of her life, knowing she was terminally ill. This isn’t a put-down of Jenner’s trials and tribulations in life at all — it’s simply an acknowledgement of a special moment in time from a rare individual not choosing the national spotlight to tell her story. The spotlight chose Lauren, not the other way around.

— Oh, a good thing did actually come from ESPN’s announcement of Jenner receiving the Ashe Award — it got people to give two bleeps about the ESPYs next month.

— Former Friar Gerard Coleman got a look-see workout from the Celtics a week ago, apparently at the behest of former director of basketball operations Leo Papile — who also coached Coleman in his pre-PC days with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club. It’s not a surprise, as NBA teams always try to keep connections to the local community through tryouts with local players.

— What would be a bit of a surprise, however, is if Coleman gets a shot at sticking on a summer league team or an invite to training camp. You never know. He was a good kid who is living with the decisions he’s made in his young life. Just like some other recent young athletes at PC who will undoubtedly also learn from mistakes, if they haven’t already.

— Some major hoop news this past week at URI, as Memphis transfer wing Kuran Iverson received a waiver to become eligible to play at the start of the season for the Rams, rather than have to wait until the end of the first semester. It means, of course, that Iverson will be eligible to face Providence at the Ryan Center on Dec. 5. Getcha’ popcorn ready.

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