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ESPN's Jemele Hill talks to AOL about her suspension



Perhaps you heard that ESPN recently suspended writer Jemele Hill for a line she wrote in a column about why a Detroit Pistons fan could not root for the Boston Celtics. Hill wrote that "cheering for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim.''

She is off suspension now and talked about the column and her suspension in an excellent interview with AOL Fanhouse's Michael David Smith, author of one of the best sports blog in the business. Here's the link.

Here's what else is going on ...

* Barry Melrose will be named coach of the Lightning on Tuesday. Catch 47 will show the news conference live at 11 a.m. Also, Melrose is the scheduled guest on Tuesday night's Sports Connection on Bay News 9 at 11 p.m. Look for No. 1 pick Steve Stamkos to be on the Sports Connection on Thursday.

* My TV show, The Press Box (Catch 47 at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.), will talk about the Melrose hiring and the new Lightning ownership, as well as what's new with the Rays and Bucs. Guests this week include Times writer Joe Smith, Catch 47's Roxanne Wilder and Whitney Johnson -- the man, the myth and the legend from WDAE 620-AM.

* Neil Best, who writes a must-read sports media column for Newsday, had the big stunner of the weekend, writing that New York's famed Mike & the Mad Dog radio show might have seen its last day. Check out the first story and then the follow-up on Monday.

* HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns with a new show Tuesday at 10 p.m. This episode has four new features:
-- A look inside the Chinese sports school system.
-- The fight to keep softball as an Olympic sport.
-- A profile of British cyclist David Millar.
-- Looking at the billion-dollar business of horse breeding.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:42pm]


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