Former ESPNer: Woj ‘Put A Foot On’ Black Careers

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Lost in the New York Timesrelease of Rachel Nichols’ private conversation was a line that disclosed that Adrian Wojnarowski called Nichols “a bad teammate.”

“Wojnarowski jumped in and called Nichols a bad teammate,” the Times writes.

I’m guessing that line is about to gain a degree of significance.

On the Dan Le Batard Show Tuesday, former ESPN NBA insider Amin Elhassan accused Wojnarowski of not only being a bad teammate himself but of — wait for it — racism.

“Are you sh-tting me?” Elhassan asks.

“This guy is going to call someone a bad teammate? For real? For real? Do we want to talk about the black careers that he put a foot on because he was threatened by? Do we want to talk about that?

“Do you wanna talk about the newsbreakers (with an -s!) of diverse background — who have rapports with players that Adrian doesn’t have — that he saw as threatening because his sources are all front office people, and assistant coaches trying to move up, and maybe a video coordinator that’s trying to get a better job somewhere else?”

What’s wild about Elhassan’s claim of racism is that Wojnarowski is known for costing Marc Stein, a white reporter, his job.

When ESPN signed Wojnarowski in 2017, it laid off Stein, who was the network’s top NBA insider at the time.

It’s not clear whether Wojnarowski personally played a role in ESPN’s decision to part ways with Stein, or whether the network just didn’t want to keep two competing insiders. Either way, Wojnarowski technically put his foot on Stein’s career.

So, here’s where the story sits:

  • Someone leaked audio to damage Rachel Nichols and assist in Maria Taylor’s contract demands.
  • Nichols apologized and lost her job at the NBA Finals.
  • Taylor hosts ESPN’s main NBA studio show and could leave the network before Game 7.
  • Taylor wants $8 million a year.
  • Jalen Rose’s daughter blasted Nichols in a public video.
  • Amin Elhassan has now accused Adrian Wojnarowski of ruining the careers of black colleagues.
  • Former ESPN host Michelle Beadle is mocking the whole situation.

Got that? Because this ain’t a movie.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest media topics as well as trending sports, cultural and political stories.

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcast and radio stations.

Previously, Burack was a writer at The Big Lead where he covered similar topics. He also hosted an eponymous podcast where he interviewed several personalities such as Joe Tessitore, and Adam Schefter.


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  1. Hahahahaha. This couldn’t be happening to a more deserving person; “Woj” having the audacity to send a “Fuck you” email to Senator Hawley.

    All these finger-pointers earned this. They are so self-righteous when it comes to blaming and accusing others: demanding the guillotine for the “irredeemables” are now in line for the head-chopping yourselves.

    History does repeat itself; this is so much how the French Revolution evolved. All the wokesters are out there trying to show everyone that they care more than everyone else. But they don’t show they care by building something up. No. They show they care by tearing things down both figuratively with people and literally with buildings, statues, and vehicles.

    How about we all just do our best to judge people by their merits and capabilities?

  2. Limousine Liberal Michelle Beadle looks bitter here.

    Her show “The Crossover” failed badly.

    No empathy for anyone involved. As Whitlock said – it still was bush league that a private conversation was leaked in the first place

  3. I don’t think I’ve watched any of the “news” shows on the Four Letter Network in 5 years. The wokeness just ran me off.

    BTW, just what credibility does the DAUGHTER of a racist former NBA player who’s career peaked as a freshman in college have.

  4. A leaked private phone conversation delighted the ESPN folks when it was Clippers owner Donald Sterling on the line with a mistress, who baited him into racist comments while she recorded the whole thing. So they really should have no gripe with a call recorded out of stupidity, with a camera left running.

    My guess is there will be little in the way of personnel upheaval other than perhaps Nichols being stuck with “The Jump” and nothing else going forward. But I’d imagine a very real schism between white and black on-air personalities now, which is entirely earned by their office politics, insincerity and selfish agendas. Couldn’t happen to a nicer place, except maybe Washington DC.

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