Wait a second. ESPN recently suspended anchor Max Bretos for innocently saying “chink in the armor” when referencing Jeremy Lin. Yet, last week ESPN issued a press release proudly announcing that it has hired “Hip-Hop Superstar Nas” to provide music for ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage.
Check out Nas’s lyrics on the Internet. I randomly stumbled upon “Ether.” Even by standard gangsta garbage — “F” this and that, loaded with references to black men as “N----s” and the sexual degradation of young women, homophobic rants, odes to assault weapons and drugs — Nas’s “artistry” is sub-human.
Nas (aka. Nasir Jones)
Check it out for yourself. And no accidental or innocents slips of his tongue, such as “chink in the armor.”
I challenge any ESPN or Disney executive to publicly recite the lyrics of Ether, written and performed by Nas, then as publicly state, “Yep, he’s just the guy for us!”
And why does ESPN feel that its NFL Draft coverage needs to be covered by any music, let alone choosing a professional creep? Because he’s popular? So is crack.
In a sports world gone nuts, ESPN is, in fact, the worldwide leader.
Boomer, Carton don’t know what ‘fan-friendly’ means
The wonder of sports radio in this town is that you can say whatever you want about anyone or anything — WFAN’s Joe Benigno advocates violence against NFL game officials — and never have to be accountable for what you say.
You can pull “facts” from out of the air, slander people, claim to have the scoop on something you just read in a newspaper. You can call a guy a bum one day, then have him on your show the next day and tell him he’s a great guy. Then you can do it all over again, the next day, no one to stop you.
Last week on their WFAN/MSG simulcast, Craig Carton and “Weekday” Boomer Esiason pulled a Mike Francesa when they authoritatively claimed that because the Mets are hurting for ticket sales they’ve become “the most fan friendly team in New York.”
That must have come as impossible news to Mets’ fans, including longtime patrons — those charged $14 for “$5 Subway Foot-Longs” at the Subway concession near the Citi Field outfield sign advertising $5 Subway Foot-Longs.
This fan-friendly season, to order tickets online — an overhead savings and convenience to teams as they can eliminate or reduce box office employees — the Mets nevertheless are socking and soaking purchasers with stiff, escalating “convenience charges.”
Wanna buy two $40 tickets? Add $12 dollars — six bucks a ticket — in “convenience fees.” Two $85 tickets? Add $19. Two at $140 apiece? Tack on another $32. Then there’s something called “processing fees,” another modern marketing invention that can run you another $6.