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Tuesday / February 20.
  • Mike Singletary Asked About Bill Walsh

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    Danyelle Sargent’s YouTube moment can no longer be embedded, but you can still view it here. And we highly recommend that you do.

    Sargent asked San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary: “”I hear that your mentor Bill Walsh was one of the first phone calls you made when you found out you had the job. What does it mean to you to be the head coach of the 49ers?”

    Whoops! Singletary played for the Bears, not the Niners. Oh, and Singletary didn’t call Walsh, either. Because Walsh is dead.

    Sargent told Dan Patrick on his radio show that she meant to say that Singletary called the late Walsh when he decided he wanted to be a coach. It was a taped interview that never made the Fox airwaves, so the producers stopped her and she just began again. She said she didn’t think about it any more, since it was never supposed to get out.

    But someone put the clip out on the the internet and now Sargent is a YouTube phenomenon.

    Sargent spent five hours in bed the day following the mistake, but said she has since come to terms with it.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • What a disaster. She “heard” that Bill Walsh was his first phone call? From where!?! Awful job by her and the producer in her ear.

    • Yes, her sideline career is over. Very awkward moment for Singletary…

    • I am starting to see a pattern here that is very not good Mr Zagoria. How many blonds have fluffed an interview and I dont see you posting that up here. The fact that something that was taped and then leaked is terrible and unprofessional. The person who leaked it should be fired immediately because it was done with malice intent. There was no humor or anything of the sort shown in that clip by posting it. The actually question probably would have went over 80% of the ppls heads had they saw it live. This was no even news worthy.

    • Lengend:

      If you are going to come on my blog and make ridiculous claims, then you really need to understand a few things, which you clearly do not:

      **The initial YouTube post of Danielle Sargent’s interview got thousands and thousands of hits (before it was taken down) because it was a highly awkward/entertaining clip of a horrendous gaffe (albeit one that was taped and not shown live). Like it or not, that’s how our society works these days. You do something like that and it’s bound to be on YouTube before you know it.

      **I don’t care what color Sargent is/was, the moment was fascinating. If y ou’re suggesting otherwise, you’re sadly mistaken.

      **If you are trying to make some comparison between this and OJ Simpson, you are stretching the race card beyond the limits of human understanding.

      This is a sports blog and OJ and Danielle Sargent appeared on here because they are sports figures. The horrific abuses by the NYC police dept and other law enforcement officials of African-Americans and other people of color are just that, horrific. We just don’t deal with them on a sports blog. Perhaps you should start your own blog if you want to focus on them.

      **Not that I feel the need to defend myself, but I doubt you know much about me or my background. Do you know, for example, that I won an award from the Natioal Association of Black Journalists for a story on the number of black football coaches in New Jersey? A story that was praised by many AFrican-American coaches in the state?

      Do you know that I wrote a book that was called one of the Top 10 sports books of 2001 by The New York Times, “She’s Got Handle,” that chronicled one young woman from Paterson, Nicole Louden, and her journey from the inner city to Division I basketball at Auburn?

      Do you know that I’ve written countless profiles and stories on young athletes from Paterson and other inner cities that were uplifting and award-winning?

      You are barking up the wrong tree with your posts and it’s unfortunate you didn’t do your research.

      I find your suggestions offensive and I hope you will keep them to yourself in the future because they are clearly not well conceived.


    • Well Mr Zagoria, that is all fine and dandy but if you feel you have down so much in regards to the plight of African Americans in sports then you should not be so defensive and accept the criticism. People who understand that racism and prejudice is still strong today dont come at people with the term ” playing the race card.’ Playing the race card is when you use race for unfair gain to something or sympathy. I have not mentioned race in that regards at any time. Just because you won an award from an African American Organization means nothing to me because you have a lot of African American organizations run by incompetent people. And writing stories about kids from paterson and other inner cities only makes sense if you writing about football or basketball. Thats like me living in south florida and talking about how much I help the hispanic community by writing about youth baseball there.
      My issue with you is that if can understand the lack of Black coaches in jersey football then you should understand the lack of positive reporting of African American individuals by the media, which doesnt mean telling how great someone performed in a sporting event. Just because other venues post it doesnt mean you have to continue with the negativity and just pile on, which I feel you are doing with OJ and this young lady here. As you should know, competent african americans are usually not awarded the luxury of second chances like their counterparts, so when things this simple get overexposed you are contributing to someones downfall which could also affects their family if they are fired. Prime example Isiah Thomas, who done no worst than rod thorn, lawrence frank, or pat riley but they are not dragged through the mud as viciously as he was and still is today.
      At the end of the day all I am asking for is more discretion, considering you make your living off the reporting of african americans primarily. No need for an extra kick to the head.

    • Lengend, the fact that you said Isiah Thomas is on the same level as Rod Thorn is absolutely absurd…proving that this SPORTS blog is not a forum for your claims of racism.

    • I understand your point, but your examples are simply incorrect.

      Rod Thorn put together a team that reached two NBA Finals. Isiah Thomas has been an abject failure as a GM and a coach with the Knicks, as evidenced by their records under his leadership. He also ran the CBA into bankruptcy.

      If you want to point to a talented African-American executive, pick one who had some success, like Joe Dumars.

      As for Danyelle Sargent, I doubt my blog had much to do with anything. The story was all over YouTube and many other sites yesterday. If she wants to be held to the same standards as everyone else, then she needs to be held accountable for her actions — just like everyone else.

      I wrote a book that deals with many issues — how a young woman was raised by strong Jamaican role models, how she overcame the obstacles to emerge from the inner city, how she was a tremendous student-athlete, the emerging popularity of women’s basketball and the WNBA at the time, etc.

      Please don’t reduce my work to stereotypes, since you seem to know nothing about it.

    • SHU please stay out of grown up conversations. If you knew enough about the subject and thought damn what does he mean worst than, it might clicked in your head what I might have been talking about. The problem is too many are filled with hatred and cynicism towards isiah to be objective. My point about rod thorn is that he had a team going to the championship and soon afterwards made many bad decisions in regards to getting and letting players go along with stepanski who was hired as a savior in philly. The same thing with riley just tanking it with miami. Isiah was given some junk and told to make it look like a million dollars. Did he make some bad decisions in some players like jerome james?Of course he did but he was not given the luxury like D’antoni to rebuild Laydens screw up. So I give him credit for trying especially when you have teams that wont hook you up like mchale did his boy ainge who was in hot water. Ask yourself is the NBDL really any better off than what the CBA especially if the NBA wasnt backing it financially. My point to you Zag which you seem to keep missing or just not willing to accept is that just because the joneses are doing something doesnt mean you have to follow, especially in cases that appear to be bias or inconsistent piling on.

      PS- No offense but you wrote a book in 2001 about something that has been basically recycled over and over again and talked about in every commercial break basically when talking about african american college players. If you want to impress me and others like myself, make a stand on why there is a lack of black head coaches in college football and basketball and especially in major conferences and harp on that like you do retired football players retrieving their merchandise. Why espn and other sports talk radio have no black radio host during prime hrs, especially 2 at the same show, and please dont say mike tirico because he is as vanilla as it gets when it comes to commentary. Even mike greeny has more backbone than him to take a possible different stand than mainstream. And to end this why the media minimizes the jim leytitz situation and tried to push it under the room during last xmas season.