Bill Simmons tells the Poynter Institute that he cut Mark Cuban's homophobic joke from a podcast earlier this month because, "From our standpoint, had we left that joke in the podcast, we would have been condoning it." Simmons made his first public remarks about the incident to Jason Fry of ESPN's Poynter Project (a partnership between ESPN and the Poynter Institute that monitors the network's ethics) in a story published this afternoon.
In a lengthy blog post published this afternoon, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized for a homophobic remark -- first reported by the Phoenix on Wednesday -- that he made over the weekend at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. (I also tweeted about the remark when Cuban made it.
[NEW UPDATE 3/9: Mark Cuban apologizes for homophobic joke]
I've got a proper roundup of last weekend's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in this week's issue, but here's a piece that didn't quite fit.
In a live-taping of his B.S. Report Podcast at the Sloan Conference on Saturday afternoon, Bill Simmons interviewed Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban onstage.
We're still trying to figure out what awful thing the good people of western Pennsylvania did to deserve God's wrath, in the form of yet another miraculous Tim Tebow victory last night. (Oh, wait, right: the good people of western Pennsylvania voted for this asshole.) And so now the rest of us in New England have another week of wondering what role destiny has in store for us: are we the Turks sent to crush Tebow's NFL crusade yet again? Or are we just a walk-on Goliath being built up for David's pentultimate magic trick?
This week in the Phoenix, media columnist Sean Kerrigan asks whether sportswriters ought to be allowed to bet on the sports they cover. No other journalistic specialty would allow anything close to this: financial reporters, for instance, can't write about stocks they own. And the media has been getting very sensitive to even small-bore conflicts of interest: Keith Olbermann was fined by MSNBC for making small donations to democratic candidates.
Say what you will about best-selling author and ESPN columnist Bill Simmons - and I probably shouldn't say anything too critical until I've actually finished The Book of Basketball - but he's been on his game in the past few months (roughly dating back to the piece he wrote embracing sabremetrics) and both his column and his Twitter have been pretty good reads during the Celtics' somewhat unlikely (admit it, C's fans) run to this year's NBA Finals.