Sports Illustrated's Traina Explains Away Le Batard's Attack On Trump

NewsBusters | 7/24/2019 | Staff
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On his Sports Illustrated podcast Tuesday, host Jimmy Traina attempted to excuse away outrageous remarks made by ESPN's Dan Le Batard last Thursday. Le Batard bashed President Trump over the "send them home" political rally and ripped his ESPN employer for its no-politics policy. Podcast guest Andrew Marchand, sports columnist for the New York Post, disagreed with Traina.

Traina said parts of Le Batard's inflammatory remarks were "black and white," but others were "nuanced." "If you have a radio show and you're covering three or four hours and your job is to be an entertainer, you talk about the things that you wanna talk about."

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"If anybody listens to Dan Le Batard (see above photograph), you know it's not a straight sports show, and I think the context of that is important here," Traina continued in excusing away the ESPN host's inappropriate remarks.

Traina additionally excused Le Batard's behavior as consuming only three minutes of his radio program. He also said that if Le Batard "had just focused on the rally and the chants and the racism, it can be spun as Dan Le Batard ignores ESPN policy and talks about politics. But the headlines were Dan Le Batard calls ESPN 'cowardly' and doesn't have the stomach for the fight. ... Now look, the MAGA people would still go after ESPN just because of what he said, but when you attack your own company you're going in a place that's going to get a lot more attention than just, you know, the Breitbarts of the world."

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Marchand, who on Monday wrote the column "The huge decision ESPN’s Dan Le Batard faces after talking politics", disagreed with much of what Traina said. In...
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