ESPN’s NBA analysis hits new low with Juicy J appearance

Excuse me while I slip into something a little less comfortable…

For some reason — mindless pimping is an educated guess — the NBA and its TV partners have determined that unless you’re a big fan of rap music, the ugliest, loudest stuff you can’t be. a basketball fan.

Not that there’s a lot of benign rap to choose from, but benign isn’t the genre attached to NBA games and TV shows.

It’s the stereotypical genre, the rap that relies on vulgarity, violence, hate, pockets full of money, amorous allegiance to garish, extremely expensive jewelry, threats, bluster and sexual degradation. of use-’em-then-lose-’em women.

Such a rap is not just a matter of taste. Its caustic content has for decades inspired rappers and their crews to literally shoot it, spilling real dead blood on arrival. Such episodes have become a dime a dozen.

Early Thursday morning, two men were shot in a makeshift recording studio in Manhattan. At least one, Kamir King, has been described as “a rapper”. Even old.

It’s the kind of rap that promotes and supports all the backward negative stereotypes of urban black America.

And if you think that’s twisted, then you can’t be a basketball fan.

ESPN's Jalen Rose and David Jacoby
ESPN’s Jalen Rose and David Jacoby
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Jordan “Juicy J” Houston, left, with Paul “DJ Paul” Beauregard

On Wednesday, Disney’s dual-standard sports network ESPN saw the hosts of “Jalen & Jacoby” — Jalen Rose and David Jacoby — discuss the Grizzlies’ rise to the NBA playoffs through the rapper’s eyes and words. based in Memphis Juicy J, real name Jordan Michael Houston, father of one son and one daughter.

Interviewed on camera in the back of a car while driving, Juicy spoke of her love for the Grizzlies. He had nothing else to add. It wasn’t even obvious he was a basketball fan beyond the fact that the Grizzlies were based in Memphis. It was a waste of time.

So why was he singled out by ESPN for such attention?

I looked up his name on the internet and the first thing that came up was the lyrics to his song “Bounce It”. It covers all the lowest, non-printable but required basics, and more.

From drugs to the most profane references to women, to “thousands” in strip clubs, to oral sex in his Mercedes Benz, to appropriating the names of NBA players . He even stretches the rap norm by referring to black men not just as the N-word, but calling them “p—yn—-s.”

Search for yourself. Zero upside down, all the way down and very dirty. And so much more – almost nothing but shameless unfiltered, N-rated trash – before and after “Bounce It”. Songs of self-love.

Yeah, just another profiteering rap of what continues so badly, sadly to afflict black America. But there is no shortage of things that otherwise easily outraged social and racial activists choose to ignore.

So the questions:

Why was Juicy J chosen to appear? Did anyone inspect his work prior to the invite, or was it exactly who and what ESPN wanted? Would Jalen or Jacoby recite his words on air? Would they instill the artistry of Juicy J in the young people in their lives?

So why was he their special NBA-themed guest, given their full attention and admiration?

To think that longtime ESPN tennis analyst Doug Adler was immediately fired after a reckless New York Times reporter made the absurd claim on Twitter that Adler had just called Venus Willians a “gorilla. when he was actually complimenting his “guerrilla” tactics by rushing the net. , “guerrilla style” being a descriptive expression of tennis.

To think that instead of supporting their man by ignoring this preposterous claim or even telling the Times correspondent to take a hike, ESPN summarily fired Adler, ruining his career, reputation and, as he soon suffered a related heart attack. to stress, his health.

Then everyone in tennis and the media ran for cover and as far from the truth as possible. And there they stay.

But Juicy J as a special guest on Wednesday’s “Jalen & Jacoby” was ready to go on ESPN. That’s crazy.

Gary Cohen and Todd Zeile

The right signal in the cabin

I may be guilty of profiling, but it seems former catchers make the best analysts in baseball.

Last week, SNY studio analyst Todd Zeile, replacing the ailing Keith Hernandez, did a solid job with Gary Cohen. Although a little too eager to analyze each pitch (who isn’t?), Zeile kept it light, interesting, and most importantly, was an enhancement to the whole pitch rather than a distraction.

On YES, I’ve long heard John Flaherty’s modest, low-key but alert approach to being a remedy for common excesses. Since games now often last 3.5 hours, it is an ideal companion. And last week, when the Yankees played a somewhat routine double play, he didn’t scream like he’d been hit by a cattle prod.

Flaherty and Zeile score high on the test sitting next to him during games.

Anyway, I don’t know YES’s timeline to include Cameron Maybin or Carlos Beltran, but if someone at or near the top doesn’t insist they speak less than half or so, we lose all.

Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd still has a bad case of Mike Francesa Syndrome.

As the ever-vigilant Twitter account @BackAftaThis reported, Cowherd said last week that his enthusiastic endorsement of Adam Gase “years and years ago was totally sarcastic” after the Jets hired Gase as a coach- chef, “years and years ago” – in 2019.

BackAftaThis produced this 2019 audio and video. C-owherd called Gase a “super rookie” and ridiculed Jets fans for not realizing it. He wasn’t the least bit sarcastic. But it was comparable to Cowherd’s dishonest speech.

All Giants and Jets ticket subscribers who receive notices of non-payment of their PSL payments should send copies of their legal warnings to Roger Goodell, marked “Good Investments”.

That Goodell was allowed to escape such a false public claim remains, to me, a hidden scandal.

Monday’s Post included a story about CUNY spending $1 million to prevent flooding in a large hole dug for a since-delayed construction project. I was hoping to read that a spokesperson said CUNY would “review it”.

Francisco Lindor pitches to first after forcing Jean Segura on a double play in the seventh inning of Thursday's game.
Jean Segura is sent off by Francisco Lindor in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Mets-Phillies game.

wonders that never end

I was just wondering:

With the Phillies leading the Mets 7-1 on Thursday, the Phils’ Jean Segura led the game in the bottom of the seventh with a single. Reader Garry Wilbur wonders if Segura had tried to steal the second, would he have suffered the wrath of the Mets for rubbing it – before they scored seven in the top of the ninth to win, 8-7.

I wonder where the bidding would start for Rob Manfred to sell the World Series exclusively to a Big Tech streaming team, holding the series for ransom behind a paywall. Either way, MLB is turning baseball into niche programming.

As violent crime suspects are arrested and brought to justice with the Nike logo on a daily basis, one wonders if this embarrasses Nike or pleases its executives for reaffirming their marketing strategy?

Reader Robert Angrilli wonders if it was just a coincidence that the radio announcement he heard for a sports betting operation was ‘directly followed by an announcement pushing for debt relief’ .

Reader Mark Solomon wonders why no sports betting company hired Mookie Betts or Oscar Gamble. Well, Gamble isn’t available because he passed away in 2018, but I’d go with Frank Thomas, “The Big Hurt.”

Finally, reader Bob Friant wonders who chose Staten Island FerryHawks as the name of a minor league team.

As a third generation Staten Islander – my ancestors came on the ferry – I know that the bird (or “boid”) that most often rides the ferry and congregates near its moorings is not the falcon. , but the pigeon.

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