Top Ten Reasons Sports Networks Should Stay Away From Rob Parker

ESPN has severed ties with Rob Parker, whose last take on “First Take” was debating whether or not Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is “a cornball brother” who is “not down with the cause.”

There will be no next take for Rob Parker.

The “First Take” analyst, who had been serving a month-long suspension for openly wondering if Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is “a brother or… a cornball brother,” is officially on a permanent sabbatical from ESPN.

The thirty-day suspension was retroactive to the day Parker uttered those remarks on ESPN2’s “First Take,” December 13. Which means he would have been eligible to return to the Worldwide Leader’s airwaves as soon as next week, perhaps in time for the new Saturday edition of “First Take” that ESPN had named him host of.

Now, because of his last “Take” – his boneheaded RGIII ultimatum – Parker won’t be working for the weekend.

“Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew,” ESPN public relations wiz Mike Soltys disclosed via Twitter, regarding Parker’s contract, which he noted “expired at year end.”

Incidentally, on the first Sunday of the new year, who popped up on the NBC affiliate in Detroit but Rob Parker, maintaining that he didn’t intend for any “backlash” to happen, adding: “We are willing to tackle a lot of stuff that most shows won’t touch or even discuss. I think it’s important and that we’ve done it in a good way.”

See, there’s a reason that, say, Steve Mariucci isn’t breaking down RGIII’s strengths and weaknesses while throwing in that he “may be a Republican,” and that could doom him come November.

In other words, people “won’t touch” it for a reason.

And to go there and proclaim you’ve “done it in a good way”?

If I were George Bodenheimer or John Skipper, I’d break Parker off right then and there, rather than let him finish out the suspension.

But as Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand stresses, ESPN’s decision to ax Parker was made well before his Sunday sitdown in his old stomping grounds surfaced.

Whatever the case… not to pat myself on the keyboard here, but if you read my post on the day Parker’s suspension was made public, December 20, I argued that there could be a possibility that ESPN fire Parker at the end of the suspension. Okay, so he served 85% of it. But the fact of the matter is, he never appeared again on ESPN after his ill-advised RGIII take.

And I would be surprised if he appears on any sports television network in any meaningful role again.

Face it: Rob Parker is damaged goods. Who would want him?

And with that – and with apologies to David Letterman – I give you the top ten reasons, in the form of ten sports networks, or networks with a large sports operation, that will not dare “touch” Parker, as he himself would say.

ABC isn’t on the list, because Disney owns them, as they do ESPN. But here are some others that should have no use for his act:

10. The Golf Channel. Rob Parker probably believes it’s not dark enough for him.

9. NHL Network. The league may have just resolved its four-month-long lockout (you probably would never have known it if you were watching NHLN, unfortunately), but even egotist extraordinaire Gary Bettman isn’t crazy enough to hire Parker even in a “man-on-the-ice interview” role. Also, see Golf Channel.

8. MLB Network. Given Parker’s barbershop experience, they could appoint him as their resident “hair expert” – you know how some baseball players tend to stand out due to their kooky hairstyles. I’m sure there’s at least one MLBN employee that would welcome the move to bring Rob on board.

7. Fuel TV. Believe it or not, there may actually be a use for Parker at this channel, which specializes in MMA and other action sports. And as you may have noticed, many popular cable networks, in an effort to stay relevant when it comes to the bottom line, have been delving into the realm of reality TV. I’ve got the perfect reality show pilot for Rob Parker on Fuel: Viewers watch three crazy fights between couples or groups of people, and then have to figure out which fight was completely staged by Parker! Clearly, he has experience in this field. It would be perfect! Alas, Fuel’s days are numbered as it will eventually become Fox Sports 2 to Fox Sports 1.

6. SPEED. Features the kind of “racing” that Parker isn’t interested in. Also is slated to be blown up in favor of the aforementioned Fox Sports 2 this summer. As for the Fox network itself…

5. Fox. They already have a race baiter on their payroll. Next.

4. MSG Network. They already have a race baiter on their payroll. Next.

3. NBC. Their MSNBC unit canned Don Imus on the heels of his infamous “nappy headed ho’s” line to describe the mostly African-American Rutgers women’s basketball team.

2. CBS. Their WFAN radio canned Don Imus on the heels of his infamous “nappy headed ho’s” line to describe the mostly African-American Rutgers women’s basketball team, hours after MSNBC dropped him.

1. NFL Network. Not only did Rob Parker do a disservice to Robert Griffin III back on December 13 by suggesting he is “not down with the cause” and not the type of “brother” you would want to hang out with, he also did a disservice to the entity that signs RGIII’s paychecks: the National Football League. To hire Parker in any capacity in Culver City – poll taker, social media administrator, janitor – would be the worst move since the idea to hire replacement referees – and we all know how well that went. And you know who else would be ticked off about such a hire by NFLN: Football fans. Parker’s RGIII tirade was a detriment to them, as well. Any level-headed football follower could care less about whether or not Griffin wears braids, or any of the other “issues” Parker felt he had to “tackle”, while at the same time “[not] trying to slam the kid.”

The very next television outlet that hires Rob Parker for on-air work will be committing a slam on human nature.

Looks like he has to fix his Twitter handle now…

Rob Parker Suspended For One Month, Could Still Be Fired By ESPN

Radio hosts Opie and Anthony, currently at SiriusXM Satellite Radio, were fired by CBS Radio following a long suspension for a lewd stunt involving a Catholic church. The same fate might await Rob Parker for his “holier than RGIII” comments on “First Take”; ESPN has suspended him for one month.

Exactly one week after Rob Parker openly uttered on “First Take” that he suspected Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III might be “a cornball brother” and is “not really down with the cause,” while at the same time, Griffin actually is a “brother” because he dons braids, ESPN formally announced the personality’s suspension.

You may recall that, within 24 hours, the Worldwide Leader had confirmed Parker was suspended “indefinitely”. That “indefinitely” has now been redefined to a thirty-day suspension.

It’s very likely that the month-long suspension is retroactive to December 14, the day he was initially banished temporarily from ESPN’s air. Otherwise, if it’s effective today (December 20), that means that Parker will be eligible to return to “First Take” on Monday, January 21 – or Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The network’s imposing of a thirty-day suspension of Parker comes just one day after he issued an apology through his Twitter account. (And no, all of those tweets and retweets supporting his “cornball brother” perspective have not been taken down.)

That’s two month-long suspensions the Worldwide Leader has doled out this year alone. Back in February, ESPN anchor Max Bretos was suspended for a month for using the term “chink in the armor” during a discussion about Jeremy Lin, then with the New York Knicks, during a segment on ESPNews.

And even though Bretos still remains employed by ESPN (which I don’t have a problem with, by the way), when ESPN says that they’ve “decided to suspend Rob Parker for 30 days”, do not think that the only thing that could happen is Parker serving his suspension and then returning in mid-January and things are hunky dory once again.

Because there still lies the possibility that ESPN ultimately give Parker a permanent vacation in a month from now. As Parker tweeted out his half-assed apology, sources believed that there was a 3 in 4 chance that Parker would be sent packing by the Worldwide Leader for his divisive comments about RGIII.

Remember, ESPN is still conducting a review, and might come across something that hasn’t reared its ugly head yet.

Or worse: The Washington Redskins might advance to the NFC Championship Game.

A number of things could happen that could lead ESPN to fire Parker upon serving out his suspension.

Let’s not forget, it’s possible to be terminated either during or following a suspension.

Ten years ago, radio shock jocks Opie and Anthony had seen their show go into reruns about a week after a “Sex For Sam” contest, which encouraged two listeners to fornicate in a pew inside the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, before CBS Radio finally cancelled the show. Neither Opie nor Anthony issued an apology; then again, this is what they do (and it is admittedly entertaining, usually).

Five years ago, Don Imus, who did issue an apology after receiving backlash for his “nappy headed ho’s” comment was given a two-week suspension by CBS; once sponsors started dropping like flies, CBS changed their tune and pulled the plug on “Imus In The Morning” within three days.

And just a couple of months ago, Columbus sports radio host Scott “The Torg” Torgerson was suspended by Dispatch Media Group/WBNS-FM “97.1 The Fan” after tweeting his desire for an ESPN employee, Desmond Howard, to “die or get fired” so that “College GameDay” can be viewable to him. After one week, “The Fan” fired “The Torg.”

So let’s not rule out the possibility of Rob Parker being fired for his attack on Robert Griffin III. It could still happen.

And just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

As Dr. King himself once said: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle, the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals.”

Translated: The passionate concerns of many individuals (bloggers and viewers, but mostly, bloggers) led to tireless exertions (ESPN’s “review”) and a subsequent effort for human progress (with “human” in this case being “First Take”). Yet, if ESPN sees itself struggling after suffering from a loss of advertising revenue, the obvious sacrifice would be to terminate Rob Parker.

And that would be justice for all.

(Irony: If you attempt to watch one version of Parker’s RGIII comments on YouTube, you will see the following message: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams and commercially deceptive content.” Ain’t that the truth: “First Take” might be the biggest scam going.)

Did Mike Francesa Actually Cancel The New York City Marathon?

The biggest critic of the New York City Marathon being run in the wake of Hurricane Sandy was WFAN/YES Network host Mike Francesa. Which is why many are attributing its eventual cancellation to his irate on-air rants, including one former NYC marathon runner, who says Francesa “never ran more than ten steps in the last thirty years.”

As Superstorm Sandy (nee Hurricane Sandy) swept into the Northeast, paralyzing millions of residents in terms of their power, their gas tanks, their living quarters, or worse, many events were either canceled or postponed, from campaign stops for both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as the number of days until the election shrinks into the single digits, to an all-important Google event. (And really, who doesn’t like them some Google?)

In addition, there were several sporting events, particularly in the New York area, that were affected by Sandy: what was supposed to be the first major sporting event in Brooklyn in 55 years on Thursday night, a crosstown matchup between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets (nee the New Jersey Nets), will actually be a Barclays Center opener on Saturday night vs. the Toronto Raptors. The Knicks’ home opener at Madison Square Gardem on Friday night went on as scheduled, and the Giants’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is a go for Sunday afternoon, despite the Steelers’ inability to stay in the New York area the night before the game, or some means of transportation not being restored this weekend, which could serve as an inconvenience to fans attending the game.

But there was one annual event that was scheduled to take place this weekend. It’s an event that has encapsulated all five boroughs of New York City since 1970: the New York City Marathon. Originally a single race, but split into two races for male and female participants in just its second year of existence, the marathon, like so many other landmarks in sports, have fallen victim to corporate sponsorship, having been known as the ING New York City marathon since 2003.

Three days before the 43rd edition of the marathon (42nd for the ladies) was scheduled to run, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was adamant that it would not be sidelined by Sandy, insisting “it’s a great event for New York.”

Which is true – but only if New York itself is in great shape.

Especially the borough of Staten Island, where the annual trot of thousands begins.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s steadfast stance on the marathon despite post-Sandy conditions did not sit well with Mike Francesa, the Mayor of sports in New York City (not to be confused with the Mayor of sports in San Antonio, Mike Taylor).

As WFAN added an FM simulcast, the station’s popular afternoon drive host did not mince words, spending a great deal of his program on Thursday and Friday bashing Bloomberg.

Some choice quotes:

“The fact that the marathon is still going on is mind-boggling… You have people with no power. (In) Staten Island, they’re still recovering bodies. It’s ridiculous. They’re trying to kick people who are displaced out of hotels for runners. Thank God there are some runners now who are not running in protest.

“How can you do this? And if the idea is to show that New York is above it, and to make the mayor look good, knock it off… Instead of putting people on a marathon, put them in places where they can help. Have people orchestrate to get more workers in here… We’ve got a crisis, this is not getting better… We’re not making a lot of progress.

“If Bloomberg’s ego is so big that he wants to show the world we can do this on his watch, you know what? You want to show us something on your watch? Get the power on… The city is still dark and you’re running a marathon. His legacy will be that he approved a marathon through a city that was dark, and they’re digging out bodies. Someone’s got to get to him, whack him on the side of the head and tell him, ‘Hey, mayor, listen, I know you’re bright and I know you think you’re a genius, but this is a bad decision.’

“This will be something that the mayor will regret forever if he doesn’t change his mind.”

Listen to the open of his November 1 broadcast and the entire hour of his November 2 broadcast below:

At just after 5 PM on Friday afternoon, or less than 48 hours before an estimated 45,000 runners were set to go, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the event had been canceled. In a statement, he argued that while resources used in the citywide recovery of Hurricane Sandy would not be diverted in any way by the running of the citywide marathon, “it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division… We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event – even one as meaningful as this – to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.

“We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.”

Social networking played a heavy hand in this decision. Millions of Americans, led by angry residents of New York City, some of which are still without power or shelter, took to Twitter to oppose Bloomberg’s original intention of running the marathon in Sandy-battered boroughs like Brooklyn. This was also the case on Facebook, where even the page of the marathon’s corporate sponsor, ING, had felt the wrath of incensed people.

There were also plenty of incensed folks checking in on websites such as Barstool Sports.

But certainly, the most incensed of them all was WFAN and YES Network personality Mike Francesa.

In fact, some believe his ire for Bloomberg in the wake of his original plan, his rants that were heard on 50,000 watts on the AM dial (and later 6,200 watts on the FM dial) and multiplied across the world via streaming, and of course, television, were so effective that people are giving him credit for single-handedly canceling the running of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon.

And it’s not just the expected callers that praised Francesa for putting a kibosh on the race. This was the vibe on Twitter in the 5 PM hour, moments after the race was called off:

Likewise, folks on Facebook believe the radio host was partly, if not fully, responsible for the cancellation of the marathon. Folks like Russel Harvey, a past NYC marathon participant who labeled Francesa “a fathead who blabs on the radio, and never ran more than ten steps in the last thirty years, and that was probably [able] to catch a cab.” He added that calling off the marathon “defeats the beauty and ideal of the sport” of running, and vowed: “If I were still living in [New York], I would run the course, on my own, and I encourage everyone who had intended to run on Sunday to do just that.”

So, was it indeed possible for a “radio fathead” to have major influence in the cancellation of the New York City Marathon? Consider the time it was officially called off: after 5 PM on a Friday afternoon, usually considered a “news dump” in terms of relevance of information. Yet it’s also considered peak listenership in afternoon drive programs, such as Francesa’s.

And note how Bloomberg labeled the outrage against the running of the marathon “divisive.” The definition of the word is as follows: “Tending to cause disagreement of hostility between people.” Well, Francesa was doing that on the air for twenty years with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. And there have been many other radio hosts, be it sports talk or political talk, that have been referred to as “divisive” – including Francesa’s former WFAN colleague Don Imus by then-Senator Barack Obama. (Of course, what Imus said five years ago that earned those remarks from Obama were a different sense of divisiveness.)

Whether or not Mike Francesa wants to claim responsibility for the 43rd running of the New York City Marathon being canceled, you can’t help but think he had at least a little pull in the decision.

Looks like that new FM signal for WFAN is working wonders.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Don Imus Joins Mike Francesa On WFAN’s 25th Anniversary Show

Don Imus appeared on WFAN for the first time since his firing in 2007, as Mike Francesa brought him in as part of the station's 25th anniversary special. Imus thanked Francesa for putting his "job on the line" in the wake of the comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team that led to his departure from WFAN, as well as MSNBC.

WFAN is celebrating is 25th anniversary. And Mike Francesa has long argued that it would not even have lasted 25 months, had it not been for the show that Don Imus hosted every morning.

So naturally, Francesa welcomed the longtime WFAN morning man, whom he referred to as “my old friend” and “the smartest man I ever knew”, on the program, because as Francesa told listeners on WFAN, as well as viewers on YES Network, “it would not be a 25th anniversary program without” him.

In his first appearance on the station since his controversial ouster five years ago – though his likeness was actually heard on their air back when the station commemmorated their 20th anniversary – Imus, speaking by telephone from New Mexico, began by joking, “I’m out at the ranch currently, trying to figure out how to breathe.”

Certainly, WFAN was able to breathe a little easier ever since the move from AM 1050 to the blowtorch at AM 660.

“Emmis Broadcasting, Jeff Smulyan, I guess he bought ‘NBC,” explained Imus, because ‘FAN had already been established on 1050… which you can’t hear, by the way, if you parked next to the transmitter in your car.”

A laughing Francesa, in perhaps a veiled swipe at his competitor, ESPN Radio, which up until April had only been heard on AM 1050, replied, “That’s true.”

Imus: “So that was moved over then, to where we were at 660, which is where you guys are now, which is one of the great signals in the history of broadcasting; at night, you can hear ‘FAN in 38 states.”

“And then, we inherited you,” Francesa said to Imus.

“At that point, the sports talk thing, which is a great idea – it was Smulyan’s idea, I believe – was not taking off [due to] a number of things; they didn’t have any great talent, I don’t think they did, I don’t want to disparage anybody; and then, they had a horrible signal [on 1050]. So by coming to 660, getting us, I think that’s some decent talent, and then along came you and Mad Dog…”

“And the thing took off,” Francesa added, “thanks to you.

“As I always told people, how do you start a sports talk station? I said, ‘go get Don Imus, that’s the way you start, and you take it from there’, because without you, it never would have got off the ground. You carried us for a long time before any of us figured it out.”

And just as he had told Chris “Mad Dog” Russo earlier, Francesa let it be known that Imus has not only greatly influenced WFAN, but the “Mike And The Mad Dog” show, as well.

“There wouldn’t be a Mike and the Mad Dog, or an ‘FAN, without you,” Francesa informed Imus. “You carried us for a long time before we kinda figured everything out, so this is all credit to you.

“It was a wonderful run that I will never forget, both the years with Dog – which I’ve tried to forget through the years as much as I possibly could – and obviously, the time with you.”

Francesa remembered how, on some days right before his show started, he would spend quality time with Imus in his office, “and someone would come down and talk to us, and we’d have him running down the hall within five minutes.”

“I was a horrible influence on you,” Imus recalled. To which Francesa countered, “You taught me everything I knew, as a matter of fact.

Francesa remembered one morning, in anticipation of WFAN’s move to 660, doing the sports updates for Don Imus’ WNBC-AM show. “You couldn’t have been worse to me if –”

Imus: “That’s not true.”

“You were terrible to me that day.”

“That’s just lies.”

“Oh, you were throwing your gum at me and stuff –”

“That was a form of affection; it had to be.”

“And then after that, you learned to love me, so it’s unbelievable.”

Francesa also reminisced about when he started filling in for the precursor to “Mike And The Mad Dog” on WFAN, Pete Franklin. Imus immediately jumped in with a “Brief Franklin” crack – he had been on the air for about as long as WFAN was on 1050 – then added, “What a psycho.”

Imus then shared what may have been the weirdest moment during his tenure at WFAN – a moment that turned out to be an inpatient stay.

“[Mark] Chernoff was reminding me that one time… at ‘FAN, my lung collapsed when I was on the air.”

Francesa: “Is that true?”

“Yeah. So I’m doing the show, and Bernie and Lou are making fun of me, because I’m gasping for air… I didn’t know what it was… [Joel] Hollander and Chernoff take me to the hospital for a collapsed lung… Long story short, I had to have a lung operation, which was horrible… So Chernoff and Hollander would come see me all the time, they were great… They come over to see me, and they had moved me to another room for some reason. So they go in the room, the beds were all made up. I thought I was dead.”

“No,” Francesa advised Imus, “you got it wrong, they were hoping you were dead… after what you put them through.”

Imus: “They got me on the days I wasn’t drinking and doing drugs.”

Francesa told Imus that he remembered when “Imus In The Morning” emanated right from Imus’ hospital bed. “You went in, got your lung done, and you didn’t miss one show the whole time,” an amazed Francesa remarked. “I think you did a show from the operating room one morning.”

In closing, Imus had heartfelt words for Francesa: “I’ll always appreciate, for the rest of my life, the loyalty of both you and certainly Chernoff, and by the way, Mad Dog… You guys are very standup guys. A lot of people don’t know that you actually put your job on the line and tried to save mine, and I really appreciate it. It all worked out fine and God bless you.”

In April 2007, after WFAN had fired Don Imus as a result of the backlash following his infamous “nappy headed hos” comment, the station had been placing various substitute hosts in morning drive for several months – for the first two weeks of this period, it was none other than Mike and the Mad Dog, who had actually done both the morning shift and their regular afternoon drive program on WFAN later in the day. And while Imus had been dismissed by WFAN and MSNBC, the program was still being syndicated via Westwood One for a short time thereafter, so some listeners across the country – that is, those who didn’t jump ship when Imus got the ax – got to hear “Mike and the Mad Dog” in Imus’ old timeslot – on Imus’ old affiliates.

And while Imus returned to national radio via Citadel (since acquired by Cumulus last year), WFAN is thriving in morning drive with “Boomer And Carton.”

So when Don Imus tells Mike Francesa, “it all worked out fine,” it has – on both sides.

The final words of Don Imus on WFAN on their 25th anniversary, five years after being fired from the station: “May the ‘Fan have 25 more.”

(Click here to watch video of Mike Francesa’s interview with Don Imus from the WFAN 25th anniversary show.)

(Click here to download Mike Francesa’s interview with Don Imus from the WFAN 25th anniversary show.)

Time For NY Post To Flush Mushnick

In a new low for the New York Post, sports media columnist Phil Mushnick laments that the Brooklyn Nets, partly owned by Jay-Z, are not "the New York N---ers" under the rapper's watch. Mushnick later calls criticisms of his take "ignorant."

Looks like New York Post sports media columnist Phil Mushnick has really stepped in it this time.

While he takes his share of potshots at the likes of WFAN/New York afternoon host Mike Francesa or New York Yankees radio announcer John Sterling, he relishes any opportunity he can get to trash folks like Vince McMahon. Remember when the WWF/WWE honcho started up the XFL football league? Mushnick does – in fact, he still manages to make at least one reference to the XFL per year, even though the league has been defunct for around a decade or so.

So the New Jersey Nets are making the transition to Brooklyn, and rapper Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) owns a portion of the team. Now, all of a sudden, with the team playing its last game in the Garden State and bound for Brooklyn, it’s like the XFL all over again to Mushnick.

“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots,” he wrote in his column today, “why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N—ers? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B–ches or Hoes.”

Yes, the offensive words were edited in the column. But it’s beside the point. When you’ve got as long a track record as you have – thirty years as a sports media columnist and close to four total decades of service at the Post – at a family newspaper, such language, edited or not, should not be expected.

There was once another person with decades of service that experienced a similar miscue: Don Imus. Remember when he was reviewing video of the Rutgers women’s basketball team and he referred to them as “rough girls” and “nappy headed hoes”?

This was worse: What Imus said was a slap in the face to African-American women. Mushnick’s words managed to mock the entire African-American race.

And by commenting on the outrage via, Mushnick, in my view, manages to dig himself into an even deeper hole.

“Jay-Z… Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—ers?”, he wrote to Bob. Apparently, in making a judgment on Jay-Z in his column, he decided to do so in the character of Jay-Z. What it does is make him look out of touch.

“Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist?”

You know what, Phil? Yes, you are. In fact, by referring to the race as “black-American” as opposed to the more common “African-American” characterization, just a few words prior to your declaration that you’re not a racist, that makes you look like, well, a racist.

And he had the nerve to refer to those incensed by his column as “ignorant.”

“The New York N—ers.” But we’re the ignorant ones?

And there was another offense in that anti-Jay-Z passage of his Friday column: No sooner than he finishes his dream of a “New York N—ers” NBA team with “a 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath” as the team logo, he published not one, but two reader comments.

On the surface, incorporating reader feedback into a column is harmless. But it’s a crutch that Mushnick has leaned on for the better part of his three decades as a sports media columnist at the Post.

You wonder if he didn’t receive any emails about the Brooklyn Nets’ new jersey colors, that he would have never had written the offensive passage in the first place.

“‘I guess I won’t need my color TV anymore now that the Nets will be wearing black and white,’ writes reader John Lynch. And reader David Distefano now wonders…”

You know what, Phil? When we read journalists’ columns, we read them for their thoughts. Not for others’. If I wanted to read what other people thought about a columnist’s take, I would go straight to the comments section on the Internet version of the column.

Mushnick once denied being associated with a fake Twitter account associated with his likeness, writing that his daughter has yet to teach him how to “cut and paste.” This from a columnist who has had no problem cutting and pasting other people’s thoughts into his column for years and years. Now that’s lazy journalism.

So in posting Mushnick’s non-apology for his disparaging Jay-Z comments, Bob’s Blitz has “been told that Post editors did not have any issue with the topic and that there will be no further comment.”

Whoever green-lighted that gem that was published in Friday’s post should be out on his or her ass, pronto. Perhaps they missed the uproar that arose when a New York Post cartoonist depicted a monkey being shot to death, with a person in the same cartoon saying, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill?” A cartoon that – rightly so – ticked off Post employees?

I’d like to know what the vibe is at 1211 Avenue of the Americas today. I wonder if any colleagues of Mushnick dared to tell him that his comments about Jay-Z didn’t sit right with them. And I equally wonder if Mushnick brushed those concerns off as “ignorant.”

There has to be many African-Americans employed at the Post. Why, one of them, George Willis, just happens to be a sports columnist, whose works are usually located in the sports section along with those of other columnists – like Mushnick.

“I don’t call black men the N-word,” Mushnick explained to Bob’s Blitz. “I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores.”

I don’t care what his defense is: what Phil Mushnick wrote today is akin to Phil Mushnick calling George Willis “the N-word.” And for that, he should be held accountable.

At the very least, if Mushnick doesn’t go, perhaps the Nets, as one editor suggests, should “pull the New York Post’s press privileges.”

In a normal-functioning workplace, any employees who used offensive language toward others would be reprimanded, or even terminated. But the Post “did not have any issue” with this one.

Theft is something else that can get a person fired. Yet, the Post apparently has “no issue” with paying Phil Mushnick in full, while he continuously outsources bits and pieces of his column to “readers.” Unless these “readers” are also on the Post payroll, this would be considered stealing money from your employer.

Hopefully, the New York Post comes to their senses and shows this clown the door. We all remember the fallout over the Imus “nappy headed ho” thing. I have a feeling it’s just getting started with the Mushnick “New York N—ers” issue.

Maybe Vince McMahon will be on hand when Phil Mushnick’s cleaning out his desk.

The Sad Sid Rosenberg Saga Continues

Troubled Miami sports radio host Sid Rosenberg was charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license. According to a police officer, he refused to take a sobriety test because "he knew he would fail." Rosenberg has been battling addictions to drugs, alcohol and gambling as early as 11 years old.

Earlier this year, I wrote about the ouster of Scott Kaplan, the San Diego sports radio host who made disparaging comments on the air about Andrea Lloyd Curry, an on-air personality for the regional sports network The MTN (which, incidentally, has announced that they will be signing off next month; hope everybody involved with that operation lands on their feet soon – especially Mrs. Lloyd-Curry). It was in that piece that you learned about, maybe for the first time, Kaplan’s former radio partner Sid Rosenberg, who currently handles afternoon drive on Miami’s 560 WQAM. I wrote that Sid would be “doing his best to stay out of trouble.”

The fact that I’m writing a new post about Sid Rosenberg is a safe bet that he has not. Again.

He spent Wednesday night at an establishment called Tootsie’s. (Possibly Tootsie’s Cabaret, operated by the same folks who run Rick’s Cabaret in New York City.) After some good clean fun, he headed home to Boca Raton.

But it’s quite difficult to get to your desired destination, when your car is idle with the door open and the engine running. Did I mention his car was idle in the middle of a street, blocking traffic?

Surely, Sid would realize this. Unless he was drunk. Or preoccupied.

“I discovered him laying on the ground behind his vehicle in the fetal position with his fingers in his mouth,” recalled Officer Jon Cooke as he arrived on the scene early Thursday morning. “He appeared to be attempting to induce himself to vomit.”

Indeed, Sid had puked on himself, and there was vomit inside his car, as well. But that wouldn’t be the only foul smell.

“I noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.”

It appeared all of Sid’s senses were impaired. Red face, bloodshot eyes, “extremely slurred” speech, exhibiting “extreme difficulty keeping his balance,” and on top of all of that, “he was crying.”

Crying because he realizes that he had a major relapse. Sid’s life has been riddled with three major addictions – drugs, alcohol and gambling – dating as far back as his pre-teen years. So vast are his personal problems that he wrote a book about his troubled past. At the time of the book’s release, he disclosed that he hasn’t “been drunk” since 2005.

Yeah, looks like that streak’s history.

“He knew he would fail,” said Officer Cooke, recounting Sid’s response to a request to perform sobriety tests that he initially agreed to do. “He then refused to perform them.”

Rosenberg would be arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as driving with a suspended license, which was confirmed to have been suspended three times. He spent the majority of Thursday in jail – he missed his afternoon shift on WQAM – and would eventually be released on $500 bond. He returned to the air on Friday and made nary a mention of his wild Wednesday night, at least in the first hour of the show. The Hollywood (Florida) Police Department confirmed that the official police report will be available next week. Additionally, charges will be filed in Broward County Court.

WQAM general manager Joe Bell declined to comment on whether or not the station would suspend Rosenberg, while program director Lee Feldman provided the vague answer, “Not as of right now.” [UPDATE: Rosenberg has been suspended for one week, and is off the air for the week of April 9.]

A suspension probably isn’t the answer. You suspend a radio personality if he/she has hurt other people, especially verbally (as was the case when he dubbed tennis players Venus and Serena Williams “animals” and National Geographic magazine material). But when a radio personality like Sid only hurts himself, that’s a different story. Perhaps what the Gamblers Anonymous veteran needs is a mandatory enrollment to Alcoholics Anonymous. On second thought, with word on the street that he amassed gambling debts totaling nearly $45,000 in a two-week period, maybe they can cut a 2-for-1 deal for him. And yes, he’s been in drug rehab, too.

It’s ironic that, in that erratic scene on a South Florida street early Thursday morning described by the police officer, Rosenberg was “crying” – because when you’re drunk, vomiting and curled up in a fetal position next to your car in the middle of a road, I’m no expert, but that’s usually a cry for help. And at this point, when he’s had so many frantic chapters written in his imperfect life, radio employment should be contingent on receiving the help that he needs.

And since it’s no secret that Rosenberg has a penchant for getting liquored up, it’s horrifying to imagine just how many times a liquored up Rosenberg was on the road, putting other lives in danger! Are his assets that tapped from gambling debts that he can’t fathom a few bucks for a taxi?

Reaction to Rosenberg’s recent DUI is mixed. Fellow radio host Dino Costa called the news “awful” and is “hoping he gets better soon.” While Adam Smoot sums it up best: “Even Sid Rosenberg’s demons have demons.”

While Sid has his share of supporters and critics, there’s been one person who’s been at his side for more than twenty years: his wife, Danielle. She should be praised for being Sid’s rock through all of his rocky times. Like that time in 2004 that he contemplated suicide – but was persuaded to reconsider after looking at a photo of his then-newborn daughter. And I’ll applaud Sid as well, for not letting his drug, alcohol and gambling habits tear apart his marriage to Danielle.

This is obviously not how the Rosenberg family expected to start Passover.

And in his first tweet since the hysterics, Sid wrote to his followers, “Thank you all for your love and support. Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone.”

Get well, Sid.