A handful of ESPN personalities bared their claws Thursday in response to radio host Dan Le Batard’s Magic Johnson takedown, which at least one of his colleagues believed to be racially motivated. Debating Johnson’s recent promotion to the Lakers’ president of basketball operations with co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner on his ESPN radio show Thursday morning, Le Batard sounded dumbfounded by the Lakers’ faith in their former star who, according to the talking head, hasn’t proven himself in any of his careers outside of basketball. “What you’ve got here though, is a testament to the power of fame. And a testament to the power of a modicum of charm,” Le Batard said. “Because Magic Johnson is charming.
In what could have been a softcore episode of the CSI franchise, a marathon runner was caught in an epically failed attempt to cover up her wrongdoings after cheating in a race last weekend. Following her runner-up finish in the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon, New York food critic Jane Seo was busted for cutting corners during the race and then shamelessly doctoring tracking data to back up her phony finish time. The malpractice was brought to light by independent marathon investigator Derek Murphy, who exposed her deceptive efforts in a hard-hitting report posted on his blog. The piece in question provides an elaborate analysis of Seo’s running times supported by data collected from her Garmin 235 fitness band.