We heard about this last week, but hadn’t seen the video. Here’s more on the story behind the video from TheLostOgle.com
A few weeks ago, ESPN talking head and Oklahoma City native Skip Bayless took to Twitter to complain about Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. The comments were really nothing new or insightful, just the typical “Westbrook’s not a point guard!!!” rhetoric that people say or think or tweet (me included) each time Russ heaves a contested 20-foot jump shot or shoots a wild lay-up while Durant or Harden are wide open for a three. (Bayless tweets about his high school career here.) Yep, Skip Bayless was a high school basketball star. Therefore, he’s much more qualified to provide insightful commentary on the Thunder or give LeBron James funny nicknames than you are. Or was he? . . . Skip Bayless scored a grand total of 21 points in 15 games as the “starting” point guard for the 1970 state runner-up. That averages out to 1.4 points per game. Considering his coach didn’t like him because he “shot too much,” you have to wonder how low his field goal shooting percentage was. And thank God we don’t have Skip’s stats for assists, rebounds or turnovers.
Not a lot of details on this one, other than the curious fact that Barnaby’s Porsche Cayenne came to police attention when they noticed that he was driving on just the front rim. No tire, just the rim, and that it was causing some sparks. The ESPN hockey analyst then failed some field sobriety tests before refusing to take a breathalyzer.
He was charged with DWI and had his license revoked for refusing the test.
The DeadSpin/ESPN love fest continues. This time the story revolves around a guy named Keith Clinkscales, ESPN’s former senior vice president for content, development, and enterprise, who left the company earlier this year to become an independent producer. It’s a rather long and complicated drama (as most of these “insider creeps at ESPN” stories are) but because it involves an alleged incident on an airplane with the lovely Erin Andrews, it’s slightly more interesting.
Here’s our favorite paragraph from the story (Connie is the name DeadSpin assigned to the ESPN insider who fed them the story and who is being sued by Clinkscales):
Earlier this year, Clinkscales traveled to Los Angeles with Erin Andrews for a work-related event. Andrews sat in the middle, while Clinkscales was on the aisle. It was in either first or business class. What happened next was related by Andrews herself to both Connie, her husband, and ESPN anchor Sage Steele. At some point during the trip, Andrews saw Clinkscales masturbating in his seat, beneath his iPad. When he realized he had been caught, Andrews told Connie, Clinkscales panicked and muttered, “You know, I’m one of your bosses.” Andrews, still scarred from the very public peephole stalking incident, was angry but conflicted, Connie tells me. She shared the incident with a handful of people at the network, but refused Connie’s suggestion that she go to HR. “Do it anonymously then,” Connie advised. Erin declined. She just wanted it to go away.
Hank, Hank, Hank. You crazy country singer, you! Don’t you know the only reason you’re making a living today is that one phrase “Are You Ready for Some Football?” Apparently not. From AJC.com:
In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams, unprompted, said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said, “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.”