Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Pearlman’

JOHN ROCKER: TEN YEARS AFTER

August 15, 2009

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JOHN ROCKER

We are approaching the 10-year anniversary of the infamous comments made by racist, assclown pitcher John Rocker. It has been nearly a full decade since Rocker, then an Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, went on one of the most famous racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant screeds in history. Rocker holds a multitude of ignorant views not dissimilar to many white men his age from the South. What brands him as a racist for all-time is that he expressed those views and went on a series of tirades in front of a reporter. A good reporter.

In 1999, Sports Illustrated sent Jeff Pearlman to write a feature on Rocker. While riding around in a car, Rocker made several observations about the city of New York which he was stupid enough to tell a reporter. Among them, claiming he would quit baseball if he was ever traded to a New York team:

 

“I would retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.”

 

“The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”

 

Even worse, Rocker referred to Braves teammate Randall Simon as a “fat monkey.” Simon is black. Rocker also mocked Asians and called a woman “a bitch” in the article. He even complained about having to give a speach to hearing impaired children.

Think Don Imus was offensive? In one car ride, Rocker managed to offend African-Americans, gays, women, immigrants, children, the handicapped, and everyone in New York. Rocker became a cultural pariah once the article hit newsstands. Jay Leno used to have guests hit a John Rocker dummy with a baseball bat during the height of the controversy. When Rocker made his return to New York, the city had to assign 700 police officers to the Mets/Braves game.

The controversy eventually died down but the SI piece ended up defining both Rocker and Pearlman. Rocker flamed out as a pitcher and was soon out of baseball. Pearlman became a famous and much sought after investigative reporter and writer.

Pearlman recently wrote about the anniversary of the Rocker story on his website. He points out that far from “tricking” Rocker, he simply profiled him accurately. Rocker has since revealed himself as a bigot on multiple occassions. He once called a radio host a “jew faggot.” He also began a “Speak English” campaign. Rocker even has a “Speak English” website which caters to racists. If you don’t think Rocker’s a racist you can check out his views on “minorities.”

JEFF PEARLMAN REALLY HATES THE NEW YORK POST

July 23, 2009

Writing on his blog, Jeff Pearlman of Sports Illustrated called the New York Post “the worst newspaper in the history of the world.”

Pearlman blasted the Post for running pictures of ESPN announcer Erin Andrews that were taken from the now infamous internet tape shot through her hotel room peephole. The pictures show a naked Andrews.

Pearlman goes on to call The Post, “a pathetic, juvenile, worthless piece of hardened dog s%$#.”

Pearlman literally says, “I hate the Post.”

WHY ALL THE HATE?

JEFF PEARLMAN: CHEATING POLITICIANS PAVING THE WAY FOR GOVERNOR CHARLES BARKLEY

June 26, 2009

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CHARLES BARKLEY DOING WHAT POLITICIANS DO

Sportswriter Jeff Pearlman admits he was wrong after initially proclaiming Charles Barkley’s political career “dead” following his New Year’s Eve DUI arrest.

Pearlman makes the point that sure Sir Charles spit on a little girl, threw a guy through a plate glass window, and is a degenerate gambler who drinks too much and has slept with lots of women, but hey, at least he’s HUMAN. Also, unlike real-life American politicians like Mark Sanford and John Ensign, at least you can’t accuse Barkley of hypocrisy. He’s the first celebrity who proclaimed, “I am not a role model.”

Barkley has already announced his plans to run for governor of Alabama in 2014.

WHO WINS IN A WAR BETWEEN JEFF PEARLMAN AND MIKE LUPICA? THE ENTIRE READING PUBLIC!

June 16, 2009

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 JEFF PEARLMAN

Everybody hates Mike Lupica. Even, it turns out, his fellow sportswriters.

Jeff Pearlman is a longtime writer for Sports Illustrated and various other publications. Recently he has turned his focus to writing books. This weekend Pearlman was a panelist on the “Blogs With Balls” appearance in New York. During that panel he ripped New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica.

Pearlman wrote about trashing Lupica on his blog. Pearlman lambasted Lupica for his “galling arrogance.” He also went on to describe how Lupica “irks the hell out of me.” Pearlman blasted Lupica’s ego and need to become a celebrity. He also called Lupica “a man who needs to be recognized” and chastized the columnist for the way he treats other people (a complaint that has been made often by others like Jason Whitlock in the past.)

Pearlman concludes his rant against Lupica by noting,

 

“…perspective is a funny thing. Once lost, it’s awfully hard to retain. One day, when Mike Lupica no longer has a job…when ESPN stops calling and the Daily News folds, I believe he’ll find it. Until then-wake up, bud. Wake up.”

 

Pearlman’s criticisms of Lupica are probably all valid. They jibe with everything that’s ever been uttered and written about the guy. Unfortunately, a funny thing happened. After blasting Lupica for HIS ego, Pearlman went to the sportsjournalists.com website to read the reactions about HIMSELF. As it turns out, the reaction by Pearlman’s peers wasn’t exactly favorable.

The entire sportsjournalists.com forum section was basically filled with pot-calling-the-kettle analogies about what an egomaniac Pearlman is. A petulant Pearlman immediately removed the Lupica posting from his blog with a lame explanation. Most of the post can still be read on the Baseball Think Factory website, but Pearlman whined about being “a bit hurt” and tried to justify his removing the Lupica tirade.

Pearlman noted,

“If I’ve become arrogant or dismissive to anyone reading this blog, I truly apologize. Maybe, in the act of jabbing Mike Lupica, I’ve actually become Mike Lupica. If so, it’s not the way I want to live. I took the Lupica post down.”

 

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MIKE LUPICA

BOYS WILL BE BOYS

September 18, 2008

MICHAEL IRVIN

Former Sports Illustrated writer Jeff Pearlman has a new tell-all book out. It’s entitled “Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty.”

The title is pretty self explanatory. Pearlman recounts his days as an NFL writer covering the Cowboys. He dishes the dirt on the Cowboys literally from page one.

Pearlman opens the book with a story about Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin stabbing a teammate during team hair cut day in training camp. The book says the Cowboys had to pay offensive lineman Everett McIver a huge sum of money to prevent Irvin from going to prison. Irvin was on probation at the time of the stabbing.

This stuff isn’t exactly new information. All of it happened a decade ago. I remember breaking the Irvin stabbing incident nationally when I worked for SportsFan Radio. Nobody cared. Hey, the Cowboys WON Super Bowls. I took calls from our Dallas affiliate that night and not one person gave a damn that Michael Irvin had STABBED a fellow teammate. As one Dallas caller/Cowboys fan articulately put it, “Well,…some folks just need stabbin’.”

Although those comments pretty much summed up the feelings of most Cowboys fans, there is some pretty shocking material in Pearlman’s book. Under the category of “too much information,” Pearlman writes that former Cowboy Charles Haley was such a deviant that he would often masturbate in public at team meetings. Several websites, like Deadspin.com, have featured stories about what a lunatic and horrible person Haley was.

Unfortunately, winning was so important to those Cowboys teams of the ’90s that they were literally willing to put up with ANYTHING in order to win. If people think that modern day Cowboys like Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson are bad they need to read Pearlman’s book.

CHARLES HALEY