The world of sports journalism was shaken Wednesday, as ESPN fired around 100 employees, including several dozen reporters and on-air personalities. The seemingly endless roll call of those laid off by the network produced laments about the situation from the likes of Charles Barkley, speaking on TNT, and “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt, who survived the purge. During TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoffs, Barkley took a moment to address the turmoil at a rival sports network and express a message of solidarity. “ESPN is not our competition,” he said. “We’re in this thing together.” “I’ve been in the business a long time, we know all the people in the sports business,” Barkley said, while sitting
Do the Redskins have a draft need at running back? It depends on who you ask. Jay Gruden seems to be very happy with incumbent running back Rob Kelley. Here is what he had to say last month about the second-year back, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane, last month: “Oh, man, I love Rob Kelley,” Gruden said. “I thought he played great. You throw a rookie free agent into the fire like that and see him play and compete. Not one time did I feel like it was too big for him. Not once. That’s a hell of a thing to say for a kid out of Tulane who only had a couple of carries his senior year. He came right in, he competes on every play.” Kelley played in 15 games last year and rushed for 704
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