ESPN’S COWHERD JUST HAD TO GO — WIP’S JOSH INNES IS NEXT!

By Peter Gleason

For some radio and TV blowhards, it is only a matter of time.

Until the rest of the world catches up to the sad fact that they don’t know anything, and management bites the bullet and shitcans them.

In Philly, 94 WIP’s Josh Innes is quickly approaching his sell-by date, and he will be gone soon. Probably back to a second-rate market like Houston, from whence he came.

But nationally, the stage , the megaphone and the repercussions are exponentially larger.

Take Colin Cowherd (above).

Please!

ESPN announced on Friday that Cowherd will no longer appear on the network after he said on Thursday that professional baseball cannot be that “complex” because there are a large number of players from the Dominican Republic playing in the majors.

A statement from ESPN read, “Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”

On his radio show on Thursday, Cowherd, whose last day at ESPN was previously scheduled for July 31 as he plans to move to Fox Sports, said that baseball was not as hard to understand as some other sports. Here is a transcript of his rant, courtesy of Hardball Talk:

“It’s too complex? I’ve never bought into that ‘baseball is too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have. Baseball is like any sport. It’s mostly instincts. A sportswriter who covers baseball could go up to Tony La Russa and make an argument and Tony would listen and it would seem reasonable. There’s not a single NFL writer in the country who could diagram a play for Bill Belichick. You know, we get caught up in this whole ‘thinking-man’s game.’ Is it in the same family? Most people could do it. It’s not being a concert pianist. It’s in the same family.”

Hours before ESPN fired him, Major League Baseball released the following statement that asked Cowherd to apologize:

“Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game. Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”

 

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