Nick Collison Phone Call- Great Sports Radio

I am pretty sure this hasn’t been covered much up here. Ask yourselves this sports fans, name the last time an athlete called in a sports radio station to defend himself? I don’t know the last time it has ever happened in this marketplace. I know that Paul Godrey called Mccown’s show a few times to defend the Blue Jays, and I do remember Damien Cox calling Greg Brady after Brady took exception with the headline in Cox’s article. What happens in this clip just doesn’t happen all that often:

Here is some background on the call:

“Former Kansas University basketball standout Nick Collison is embroiled in a silly, head-scratching controversy in Oklahoma City — home of Collison’s Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.

OKC “Sports Animal” radio talk show host Jim Traber recently took exception to a handful of Collison’s “tweets” on the Internet Web site Twitter.

In 140 characters or less, Nick the past month or so has commented on how hot the weather is in Oklahoma City … and how cool it is in Seattle.

Power forward Collison played for the Seattle SuperSonics for five seasons before the team moved to Red Clay Country last year. He still lives in Seattle in the offseason with his wife, Robbie, and daughter, Emma.

Anyhow … former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Traber of station WWLS last week admitted he has been trying to run Collison out of town because of his “tweets,” which were first brought to light by Daily Oklahoman columnist Jenny Carlson.

Collison — who happens to be one of the nicest, nonconfrontational guys you’d ever want to meet — made an unsolicited call to the Oklahoma talk show last week.”


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August 25, 2009 2:11 pm

I think the audio posted above speaks for itself about the quality of the people involved. the next chapter in the story involves Bill Simmons:

Mike S
Mike S
August 25, 2009 2:37 pm

I don’t remember a Toronto athlete ever calling in to defend himself……………….but I do remember Tie Domi walking out on a Leafs Lunch interview with Wilbur & Marek a few years ago……………they were doing their show on a remote and Domi stopped by to be interviewed………..after a couple of minutes he got up and walked away………….apparently he was upset with something they had said about him on a previous show……………this was back when Leafs TV used to simulcast their show, so it’s possible the clip is somewhere on YouTube

August 25, 2009 5:46 pm
August 26, 2009 2:34 am

There’s slot the fan could do better…but when I hear hacks like this guy from oklahoma, I have to admit I do appreciate the station a bit more.

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