“The Pat McAfee Show” is moving to ESPN in a multimillion-dollar deal that is expected to begin in the fall, as it reported earlier this week. In the process, it appears as if McAfee will walk away from his four-year, $120 million contract with FanDuel.
The move comes with Disney in the midst of layoffs in which 7,000 jobs will be eliminated, including some at ESPN.
Not everybody is happy for McAfee.
Sports media personality Jason Whitlock is no stranger to controversial takes and he delivered his most brutal one toward McAfee this week.
Whitlock said, in his recent op-ed on the Blaze Media website:
“No amount of money, security, and attention satiates a weak man. He behaves no differently than a woman.“He joined the groomers, the makers of cartoons and movies intended to sexually manipulate the identities and worldview of children. He joined the race-baiters, the sports network that specializes in stirring racial division.”
“It’s arguably the weakest and most disappointing move in the history of sports. It makes LeBron James’ decision to take his talents to South Beach and team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh seem as courageous as storming the beaches of Normandy.”
McAfee was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts back in 2009. He played as a punter for the Colts from 2009 to 2016, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2014. McAfee was known for his entertaining and energetic personality both on and off the field. It was easy for him to make his transition to doing a podcast.
After retiring from the NFL in 2017, Pat McAfee transitioned to a career in media. He became a prominent sports commentator, radio host, and podcaster. He started his own show called “The Pat McAfee Show,” which gained a significant following due to his engaging and humorous style.
Aside from Whitlock, a lot of his fan base may not be too thrilled to see him on ESPN because he might have to tone down how he speaks and what he says since he is now working for Disney.
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