In the wake of ESPN’s mass firings, news of which continued into Thursday, some joked that it might be easier to list network employees who weren’t fired. Others took the next step by pointing out certain ESPN figures who they would have preferred to see laid off. Given that Stephen A. Smith is arguably ESPN’s best-known personality and, less arguably, its most polarizing, it was inevitable that his would be a prominent name pointed out by those arguing that, if the network had to let some people go, he should have been among them. On his ESPN radio show Thursday, Smith took issue with one source of criticism in particular: Jeff Pearlman, an author and former writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
With the No. 25 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select safety Jabrill Peppers from Michigan. Round 1 "I don't like this pick at all. Where does he play?" Prisco added on our live draft show that this is an "awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful pick with a capital A, which is why I give them an F." Our friends at the Orange and Brown Report have every angle covered for Cleveland's draft. Plus, you can get a free month of insider access when you buy a one month membership today. Just use the promo code BROWNSDRAFT when you sign up to take advantage of this draft special. The Browns are going to get some publicity for their first round in this draft, because they added Myles
The Oakland Raiders clearly believe in Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley’s innocence. Conley fell a bit in the draft, but still stayed in the first round despite a rape investigation that is still open. The Raiders took Conley 24th overall.