Sports talk show host Pat McAfee fired off insults at a top ESPN executive on his Friday show.
McAfee has been at the center of a controversy this week after show contributor and NFL legend Aaron Rodgers made a controversial comment about late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, which brought about a threat from Kimmel to sue.
But on Friday, he sent zingers in the direction of Norby Williamson, who the New York Post identified as “ESPN’s Executive Editor and Head of Event and Studio Production and a member of company president Jimmy Pitaro’s inner circle.”
“We’re very appreciative, and we understand that more people are watching this show than ever before. We’re very thankful for the ESPN folks for being very hospitable. Now, there are some people actively trying to sabotage us from within ESPN — more specifically, I believe, Norby Williamson is the guy who is attempting to sabotage our program,” McAfee said.
Pat McAfee accuses ESPN executives of purposely sabotaging his show and leaking false information to the media.
McAfee specifically names ESPN leader Norby Williamson as the person leading the sabotage efforts.
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“I’m not 100 percent sure. That is just seemingly the only human that has information, and then somehow that information gets leaked, and it’s wrong, and then it sets a narrative of what our show is,” he said.
McAfee said there had been a culture clash when his free-wheeling show entered the Disney universe. ESPN is owned by Disney.
“And then are we just gonna combat that from a rat every single time? I don’t know. But, like, somebody tried to get ahead of our actual ratings release with wrong numbers 12 hours beforehand. That’s a sabotage attempt,” he said.
“It’s been happening basically this entire season from some people who didn’t necessarily love the old edition of ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ to the ESPN family. There’s a lot of those,” he said.
McAfee said his critics never use their names.
“We’ve heard them anonymously quoted in the Washington Post, New York Post, and the New York Times, and the LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal. And they’re never like, ‘Yeah, love the show.’ It’s always, like, little things
Source: The Gateway Pundit