“I would call him, in a nutshell, a total a**hole.” – John McEnroe on Jimmy Connors
“Danny Ferry should be fired. Racism cannot be tolerated, period.” –Drew Rosenhaus, on the issue of racism in sports
DREW ROSENHAUS, DONTE STALLWORTH AND TODD BOYD DEBATE RACISM IN SPORTS AND ROB GRONKOWSKI GOES FULL GRONK ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME®
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LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2015) – NFL uber agent Drew Rosenhaus, NFL receiver Donte Stallworth and USC professor and noted author Dr. Todd Boyd debate Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry’s racist comments, Rosenhaus discusses embattled client Greg Hardy and Rob Gronkowski states he would rather have a concussion over a knee injury on the Season 4 premiere and first of six consecutive weekly episodes of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME premiering Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
“We’re here talking about a very serious topic,” said Rosenhaus in The Forum, referencing racism in sports and specifically in the NBA. “Danny Ferry should be fired. Racism cannot be tolerated, period. This is a leader [Ferry] in professional sports. It’s not a player, he’s a general manager. There is a different accountability when you are a general manager.”
Stallworth noted that Ferry’s comments would’ve had an impact on him if he were a free agent deciding whether to play for the Atlanta Hawks.
“Whenever you are in free agency you are going to call guys that you know on the team,” Stallworth said. “You’re going to ask them about practice, weights, the coach…because all those things matter as a player. I personally, and could probably speak for a lot of guys, would not play there [after hearing Ferry’s comments].”
Rosenhaus, Stallworth and Boyd also discuss other relevant topics in sports in The Forum, including why John Calipari is such a polarizing figure in college basketball and if the NFL truly cares about the issue of domestic violence or just the wellbeing of their brand.
Additional highlights from the show include New England Patriots tight end and Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski twerking, spiking a piñata and revealing what Tom Brady tells him after a TD, seven-time Grand Slam champion and tennis legend John McEnroe and his choice words for Jimmy Connors and Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank referring to Nike as the “four-letter word.”
Here are additional highlights from Wednesday’s show:
10 Questions with Rob Gronkowski:
JIM ROME: “You said a year ago that you would rather have a concussion than a knee injury, do you still feel that way?”
ROB GRONKOWSKI: “If I had to choose between having either a concussion right now or having my knee blown out, I’m going to say a concussion.
“Why would I want to sit there for eight months and not do anything when with a concussion I’ll just wake up and be ready to go again? Eight months of rehab sounds miserable. Obviously I’d prefer neither, but sitting here right now, I would take the concussion.”
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On his rivalry with Jimmy Connors:
JOHN McENROE: “It’s not all good [between us]. As far as us getting together, it’s been a while. One thing I will say is that I respect Jimmy Connors. He was one of the greatest competitors that I have ever seen in any sport. I know that he made me a better player and I hope I made him a better player.
“I would call him, in a nutshell, a total a**hole. At the end of the day I think we had one of the great rivalries in tennis history.”
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On Greg Hardy:
JIM ROME: “How many teams were interested in signing Greg Hardy?”
DREW ROSENHAUS: “Three teams.”
JIM ROME: “Had he not done what he did, how many teams would’ve been interested?”
DREW ROSENHAUS: “I would have to assume almost all of them. He was going to be one of the top guys in free agency.”
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On competitor Nike:
JIM ROME: “Can you see yourself running down Nike, and if so, how long is that going to take?”
KEVIN PLANK: “It’s a bit of a one horse race with ourselves, where the rest of the market is looking at us and probably trying to keep up to a certain extent.”
JIM ROME: “I noticed that you acknowledged the competition, but you did not mention them by name. Do you never say the word Nike?”
KEVIN PLANK: “Well it’s a four-letter word, Jim. I’m a father of two and we practice what we preach.”
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JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME airs Wednesdays with encore airings all week long on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and is available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
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