Danny Rouhier refers to himself as “a humorous DC sports fan.” While he’s one half of the midday show on Washington’s WJFK-FM/”106.7 The Fan,” he’s also been on the stand-up comedy circuit for quite some time. In fact, his Twitter handle is @FunnyDanny.
At the start of his Friday show, Rouhier informed listeners that he would be appearing on a panel on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” airing that afternoon, to talk about the possibility of the Washington Redskins adopting a new team name.
Halfway through the radio show, Rouhier revealed that he received an e-mail from ESPN telling him that they were canceling his appearance on the show, citing an abundance of participants on the panel; however, Rouhier claims that his replacement on the panel was a Redskins blogger.
Yet after finding himself on the “Outside” looking in, “Funny Danny” was singing a new tune about the Redskins name debate – and it was no laughing matter.
“Is it a media driven debate? After my experience today, I now think 100 percent, unequivocally, yes it is,” Rouhier said. “They wanted me to be fodder and they were barking up the wrong tree.
“They are trying to create a situation where they can drive up all the support, all the members of the media can congratulate themselves on how enlightened they are, and how ‘We’re so forward thinking, we’re beating this white, stocky radio dumb idiot bully. We’re browbeating him into a corner. Look at how tough we are. We’re great. And when the evil billionaire won’t change the name, we’ll have righteousness on our side.’ That’s what they’re trying to create.”
Rouhier’s co-host – which is normally Holden Kushner but he was on vacation that week – sided with him.
“Whenever this thing airs, watch how it is portrayed,” the substitute co-host said. “These guys are not going on there to hold up the honor of the Washington Redskins franchise… They’re on there, so guys like Dave Zirin can yell at them… so they can be made out to be these guys that don’t get it.”
All bets are off on there being “a legitimate discussion” about this issue on “OTL.” But “it’s near impossible now,” Rouhier argued, “because of the shrill screamers that are dropping the ‘R’ word – and not the Redskins, I’m talking about ‘racism’ – on the rest of us, and feeling very empowered.
“I’m a Redskins fan, I like [the name], but can I understand the need to change it? Absolutely,” Rouhier added. “It’s a reasonable position. There are reasonable positions on both sides. The side that’s screaming the loudest now will tell you there is no possible argument… What’s happening right now… is, if you’re on the opposite side from us, you’re a racist, and you defend racism. Very, very convenient position to have.”
This all but guaranteed you’ll be seeing Rouhier on the Worldwide Leader anytime soon.
“People are capitalizing on this,” Rouhier said. “And I’m not ripping [OTL moderator] Bob Ley… I actually think he’s got integrity. His producers don’t… And if this means I’m never going on there, that’s what it means.”
Funny how that works – isn’t it, Danny?
Here’s more audio from Friday’s radio show discussing ESPN revoking Rouhier’s invite to appear on “Outside The Lines” – including how fellow 106.7 The Fan talent Chad Dukes reveals that he, too, was asked about appearing on ESPN.