TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Phillies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Yankees at Mets, 7 p.m. (ESPN) MLB: Angels at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN) NBA playoffs: Heat at Pacers, 8:30 p.m. (TNT) NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
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♦ Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, in a conference call with reporters Monday, insisted she will not resign despite reports that she emotionally abused volleyball players at Tennessee when she was coach there 16 years ago.
“I never considered withdrawing because I feel very qualified to lead Rutgers into the future and into the transition into the Big Ten,” Hermann said. “And I do feel the support of the Rutgers community.”
Hermann, who has spent the past 15 years as an executive in the athletic department at the University of Louisville, denied ever knowing about a letter her players at Tennessee wrote criticizing her coaching style, although she acknowledged that she was an intense coach and may have made a few mistakes. She said she has matured since then.
However, one former player emailed ESPN and said the team met with Hermann the end of the season and shared the complaints they had detailed in the letter.
“All of the things that were written are unfortunately true,” wrote Abbey (Blazer) Watkins of the abuse. “Many of these things happened to me personally. I truly hope Julie has changed but refuse for anyone to deny the fact that our dreams had been crushed and our hearts broken. … For her or anyone else in the room to say that meeting didn’t happen is appalling.”
Rutgers president Robert Barchi stood by his decision to hire Hermann, who on June 17 is scheduled to take over a program that is trying to recover from the negative publicity generated by abusive former basketball coach Mike Rice.
“Rutgers was deliberative at every stage of this process,” Barchi said in a statement. “Over the course of the search, Julie’s record established her as a proven leader in athletics administration with a strong commitment to academic success as well as athletic excellence, and a strong commitment to the well-being of student athletes.”
Former New Jersey Gov. and current State Sen. Dick Codey, who said former AD Tim Pernetti was made a scapegoat, blasted Hermann and Barchi.
“[Pernetti's] successor is someone who is an obvious liar, a flat-out liar,” Codey told The Associated Press. “She shouldn’t be the AD anywhere, whether it’s Rutgers or anywhere else. She should stay in Louisville and not come back to the state, and Barchi should go to Louisville himself because he is not a leader. It’s dumb and dumber.”
♦ Reds manager Dusty Baker offered his opinion about a weekend feud between pitcher Johnny Cueto and Cubs pitcher Matt Garza by telling reporters Monday that he’d like to see the players fight it out.
“Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with,” Baker said. “I always said this, let it be like hockey, let them fight, someone hits the ground and it’s over with. I’m serious about that.”
Garza was angry after Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus‘ head during Sunday’s game.
Said Garza after the game: “If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he’s got a problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll do the same. Hopefully, he grows … up. I hope he hears this. I really don’t care. I don’t know if there’s anything between him and [DeJesus], but I’ll stop it. I don’t think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don’t want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is.”
Baker said Garza might have been less confrontational had he not allowed four runs in four innings (although the Cubs went on to win in 10 innings, 5-4).
“Would he have been as upset if he got the win instead of potentially getting the loss?” Baker questioned. “If you’ve got something to say, you go over and tell them. Johnny ain’t running. That guy can say what he wants to say, but he can say it to his face.”
♦ Vikings running back Adrian Peterson raised a few eyebrows with his comments about gay marriage in a recent interview. Gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1.
“To each his own, [but] I’m not with it,” Peterson said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio. ”I have relatives who are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ‘em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.”
The topic came up when Peterson was asked about punter Chris Kluwe, an advocate for gay rights. Kluwe recently was cut by the Vikings and signed with the Raiders.
Peterson said he was “hurt” by the departure of Kluwe, saying the punter was a good friend, but he denied that politics played a role in the team’s decision.
“I’m sure the Vikings organization didn’t release him based on that,” Peterson said. “They know Kluwe. They’ve been knowing him for a long time. They know he’s outspoken.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 28, 2000, in a memorable matchup at Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez outdueled Roger Clemens and led the Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees. Which Red Sox player hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the game’s only runs?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Since last year, I promised to [Tim Duncan] that we will go back, go back to the finals and get an opportunity to win the whole thing, and I’m trying to do my best, try to be aggressive every night. I think everybody on the team, we really want to do it for him. We win the West and now it’s one more step. This is the hardest one.” – Spurs guard Tony Parker, who scored 37 points in Monday’s 93-86 series-clinching victory over the Grizzlies
STAT OF THE DAY: 4 – Consecutive innings with a hit for Jacoby Ellsbury, who doubled in the ninth inning Sunday to beat Cleveland then had a single in the first inning of Monday’s 9-3 victory over the Phillies, followed by doubles in the second and third
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, in her first WNBA game, already tied the league’s career record for dunks with a pair.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Trot Nixon
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gladys Knight was born on this day in 1944.
Bonus: From “The Richard Pryor Show” in 1977, here’s a memorable performance by the Pips after their split from Gladys Knight.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Kyle Arrington talks with Mut and Merloni about his recovery of the pivotal onside kick in Sunday’s game against the Browns. Kyle also talks about the impact of the injury to star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Ed from Weymouth called the show to defend Shawn Thornton and his actions Saturday night against Brooks Orpik. Dino was angry that he never allowed another person to speak.
Adam Schefter joined the show and said that the loss of Rob Gronkowski makes the Pats offense far less formidable. He added that the Redskins organization is toxic right now.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. He discussed the new love between Evelyn Lozada and former Red Sox player Carl Crawford.
Pierre checks in with Mut and Lou after a tough weekend for officials in the NHL. The worst incident was the cheap shot by Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton on Penguins’ defenseman Brook Orpik. Pierre explains how many games he thinks Thornton should be suspended for in the aftermath of Saturday’s action.
We discuss the Penguins-Bruins game, the scraps and cheap-shots in it, and how Sean Thornton is remorseful, but not all Bruins fans think he has to be.
We tackle four topics at 4PM, today all centered around dirty hits.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.More from this show