Never one to stay silent about his bosses, Mike Francesa criticizes Carmelo Anthony for rolling over on Knicks owner James Dolan.
For the mortal sin of daring to point a heckler in the direction of James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan’s baseline seat, Carmelo Anthony was granted Public Enemy No. 1 status in the Valley of the Stupid and other media precincts.
When media seals asked how he responded to a fan Tuesday night who shouted “you guys suck,” Anthony said: “All I did was point at Dolan and told him, ‘Look, the owner’s right there. Ask for your money back.’”
For reasons known only to those who castigated Anthony (he made the comment with a broad grin on his face), including MSG spokesman, er, WFAN’s Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa, this was a sign of tremendous disrespect — sheer contempt for the Gulag boss. A man who, through all the ineptitude and losing, has still, along with his network’s propaganda, been able to market his arena as a basketball mecca filled with celebredroids, keeping those refunds at a minimum.
“You (Anthony) don’t do that to the owner. I’m going to pay you all this money and you are going to tell him (the heckler) to come and complain to me and ask for a refund?” An indignant Francesa asked during his Wednesday sermon to the unwashed masses: “I pay you $ 125 million and you are going to tell me (Dolan) it’s my fault?”
As he continued his rant, it was apparent His Holiness knew exactly where Anthony was coming from.
He had every reason to. Francesa could have written Anthony’s line and delivered it himself to that irate fan. For when it comes to insulting his bosses, nobody has more experience — and does it better — than Francesa.
Did the Pope conveniently forget this?
Was he suffering from a case of temporary amnesia?
No, this was just another example of Francesa again revealing his hypocrisy.
Remember last May, when he ripped his bosses at CBS (it owns FAN) while chirping about wanting out of his contract before it expires in 2017?
“They (CBS suits) are doing a good job of running this place (WFAN) into the ground as far as I’m concerned,” Francesa said.
During his TV relationship with Fox Sports 1, Francesa routinely bashed Fox suits for preempting his FAN simulcast, which he was paid well for. The pontiff suggested Fox execs were replacing his show with inferior programming, all but telling viewers if they didn’t like the constant switches they should bail on FS1.
Maybe that’s where Melo got his “refund” shtick?
And when CBS executives (Francesa’s bosses) did break the simulcast contract, he cost the company any revenue they were getting from the FS1 rights fee contract. This amounted to a lot more dough than the “refund” Anthony suggested the fan ask Dolan for.
There’s more. In September 2014 Francesa claimed he received a letter from his CBS bosses threatening to sue him if he continued complaining about the FS1 situation. CBS said there was no discussion of a lawsuit.
Wonder what Francesa would have to say if Anthony ever received a confidential letter from Dolan and went public with it?
By the time his “apology” (it was actually done at the behest of Dolan) was issued, the media deck was heavily stacked against Anthony. Perhaps that’s why he did not show up at the Knicks charity bowling event the same evening.
Why subject yourself to more heat, especially when the “organization” has done a terrific job of turning you into its scapegoat du jour, hanging Melo out to dry for crossing his billionaire boss?
Still, this did work to the MSG suits’ advantage. It took the media’s focus off of Dolan and Phil Jackson, his $ 12 million per year shield.
Francesa, as usual, also provided cover for Dolan. Before he verbally launched on Anthony, Francesa told the unwashed masses: “I haven’t spoken to anyone at the Garden.”
It was as if he wanted to make sure everyone knew he was acting independently, and not operating in cahoots with the same people who had his Taylor Swift backstage passes laminated. Francesa’s bizarre qualifier was not very convincing. It came just a few minutes after Anthony’s “apology” was released on the Knicks (not his own) Twitter feed.
Not even his forced mea culpa could stop Francesa from laying the verbal wood to Melo. No shock. The Pope has never held Dolan accountable for the mess the Knicks were, are and will continue to be.
For James Dolan is the one boss Mike Francesa has no intention of ever crossing.
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