|Peter King on D&H defends Robert Klemko’s reporting: ‘There is no reason whatsoever he would make this up’||10.20.16 at 9:58 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated and MMQB’s Peter King joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Thursday to talk about the Robert Klemko situation, among other NFL matters. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Klemko, a MMQB reporter, was at the Bills-49ers game in Buffalo last Sunday and tweeted out a video of a woman tackling a dummy with an afro and a No. 7 jersey to apparently represent Colin Kaepernick. The tweet read: Bills fans scream “tackle the Muslim”, then a young lady obliges.
The video doesn’t capture anyone yelling that, but Klemko claims it happened before he started recording.
The person in the video came forward to refute Klemko’s claims that she tackled the dummy as a result of the yelling. The woman, Alexis Dent, wrote an article in Medium saying no one had said anything close to “tackle the Muslim” and requested a retraction. Klemko refused and now it is a “he said/she said” situation.
Dent also claims to have Snapchat videos from before Klemko’s video, which are said to prove nothing was said. (Click here to listen to Dent on Kirk & Callahan earlier this week.)
King defended his reporter, although he did say he shouldn’t have posted the tweet.
“Robert Klemko should probably have never posted that tweet,” King said. “Clearly, should never have posted the tweet where he said that in the parking lot at the Bills game he heard two people say — he didn’t say this in the tweet — but he claims to have heard two people say, ‘Tackle the Muslim.’ When that happened and he turned on his phone and the video on his phone, obviously he didn’t capture that. Now, that has led to most people believing the woman who said that it was never said. I choose to believe Klemko.
“I’ve worked with him for four years. I have worked with him on some very sensitive stories. What he is guilty here is of bad judgement. Bad judgement in putting out his tweet and implying that the woman in his tweet ‘obliques.’ I still have no question whatsoever that the words were said — ‘Tackle the Muslim.’ There is no reason whatsoever he would make this up, that he would fabricate something in this case. He’s a journalist. People are going to believe what they want to believe in this case. I choose wholeheartedly to believe that it was said and he heard it accurately.”
Added King: “He went down to the tailgate parties outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium to see whatever there was to see. If there was nothing anti-Kaepernick to see or anti-Kaepernick kneeling for the anthem or whatever, then he would have seen nothing. Robert Klemko didn’t invent this story, period. I will believe that until the day I die.”
|Photos: Patriots beat Bengals in Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium||10.16.16 at 6:02 pm ET|
After starting a little bit slow, the Patriots turned up the heat in the second half and beat the Bengals, 35-17, in Tom Brady’s first home start of the season. Check out photos from the game here.
For a complete recap, click here.
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price explain how Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski went beast mode on Bengals||10.16.16 at 5:35 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It took a while but Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski finally got heated up in the second half and rolled the outclassed Bengals, 35–17, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have all the details inside Gillette Stadium.
|Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m not sure if [Tom Brady] can handle my fashion advice’||10.16.16 at 5:13 pm ET|
The battle is on.
After the Patriots’ win over the Bengals Sunday afternoon, both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski took to the podium to discuss how awesome it was to team up for their team’s fifth win of the season. But then came a tiny jab from the tight end toward his quarterback when asked about the pair’s press conference attire.
“Oh man, I’m not sure if he can handle my fashion advice,” Gronkowski said of Brady. “I’m not sure if I’m ready to give it yet. One day in the future I will, and you’ll love it, too.”
Perhaps it’s not better or worse, but just different, as was the case when meeting with the media …
|Mike Petraglia, Ryan Hannable talk Tom Brady and if he’s going to rout Bengals again in Gillette debut||10.12.16 at 4:24 pm ET|
FOXBORO — How excited is Tom Brady to play in front of the home crowd again? Do the Bengals have any prayer this Sunday against a fired up Patriots team with all of its weapons? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable preview Patriots – Bengals inside Gillette.
|Tom Brady says he hasn’t spoken to Donald Trump recently||10.10.16 at 10:03 am ET|
Besides Deflategate, one of the biggest non-football stories surrounding Tom Brady has been his relationship with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Brady was asked if he’s spoken with Trump at all over the last month while he was suspended.
“I don’t think so,” Brady said. “I’ve been just trying to get ready and prepared and so forth.”
Last year on the show, Brady said he prefers to stay away from any political controversies.
“I think that it’s just a different world than when I started in professional football,” Brady said last September. “Even an offhanded comment like that. I said that people may run with — and I understand why people do run with it, because you get the clicks and that type of stuff. It’s just people doing their job. A comment like that, I try to have fun with certain things. But some things a lot of times they get taken out of context. So I think you are just more careful with what you say because you don’t want a big headline with you saying something that’s going to take the attention away from your teammates or what you’re trying to do.
“I think that’s always a pretty selfish thing that maybe individuals do in team sports is when it’s about them and it’s about their comment and it’s about their fans or it’s about their opinion on something. And everyone’s just trying to accomplish the same thing, so when you’re speaking publicly, you’ve got a lot of people listening, I think it’s probably in everyone’s best interests in today’s day and age to say as little as possible. That’s just the way it is and I think the way our culture is right now. Because everything is really out there. And that’s just the way it is.”
|Photos: Patriots defeat Browns in Tom Brady’s return||10.09.16 at 5:36 pm ET|
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