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Matt Jones calls Clay Travis’ claims that Calipari pays players “irresponsible,” “shameful”

Last week, Clay Travis made headlines when he went on “Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly” and claimed John Calipari pays his players. This afternoon, Bo Mattingly asked our own Matt Jones to come on his show and respond to Clay’s comments, and Matt obliged. As you would expect, Matt ripped Clay a new one for his accusations, calling him the “Donald Trump of sports radio”:

“He says things solely, solely to get attention, and it worked,” Matt said. “He’s like, in my opinion, the Donald Trump of sports radio; just say something, throw it out there, act like people have to listen to it, then deal with it. I think it’s ridiculous.”

Matt then broke down why, as a national media member with a huge following, it was extremely irresponsible for Clay to state that Calipari pays players as a fact rather than an opinion.

“He came out and said, ‘Calipari pays players.’ And that’s as irresponsible for somebody who has a national platform to say as anything. And he’s smarter than that, and he knows he’s smarter than that, and he does it anyway, and I’m amazed that Fox Sports 1 lets him get away with it. I think it actually is shameful for them. They know better and he knows better.”

“It’s one thing to say — Skip Bayless may say, ‘I don’t think LeBron is,’ whatever. That’s an opinion. [Clay] is stating a fact that’s not a fact. He’s saying, ‘Calipari paid players.’ That’s not an opinion, that’s a right or wrong answer. It’s not ‘who’s the best’ — ‘LeBron is the best’ is an opinion. He is stating false facts and I don’t understand how people let him get away with it.”

Good stuff, so check out the complete interview below:

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26 Comments for Matt Jones calls Clay Travis’ claims that Calipari pays players “irresponsible,” “shameful”



  1. kingrex
    6:14 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    Well done, Matt!

    Seeing you go after trolls like Clay Travis is one of my favorite things you do. You do a lot of good stuff, mind you, but this is especially satisfying.

    Law Dog at his best. Billy G is shedding a tear somewhere. Not that Billy is crying about this, but he’s just crying… somewhere.



  2. struggler
    6:15 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    Glad MJ called him out – wish FS1 would discipline the petulant child the Travis is – but I think it’s rather a stretch to say. Travis has a “huge” following – he doesn’t. No need to make him sound more important than he is… He’s a small fish in the big pond of people who talk sports.



  3. leon singleton
    6:22 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    Clay is the Hillary of sport talk.



    • canecat
      6:28 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

      or the Donald.



    • jayiron11
      11:17 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

      Or the Hillary. Yeah, most definately the Hillary. Travis’s integrity is now questionable after he lied about Cal. Hillary’s the candidate with the questionable integrity. That makes Travis like Hillary. Yeah…. Hillary….. Or Elizabeth Warren. Another politician with no integrity whom we coud compare to Travis. Warren… No integrity. Lied about being Natice American for personal gain. That qualifies as fraud, waste, and abuse.. Lol. Clinton and Warren.



    • Billy Hill
      1:27 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Trump is an idiot. Everyone knows this. Only idiots defend idiots.



  4. runningunnin.454
    6:43 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    True, there are opinions and there are facts; Clay Travis should be down in some lonesome valley, hangin’from a white oak tree…..that’s a fact.



  5. Kes
    6:58 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    Calling him Donald Trump would indicate he is telling the truth. Might want to change that line to call him Hillary Clinton



    • tbbucs86
      8:06 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

      Or you can go on any fact check site not labeled fox news and see Trump likes over 60% of the time.



    • Undeniable
      9:18 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

      And tbucs can go find our who runs the ‘fact checking’ sites. 😉 College kids. Whaddya gonna do?



    • kentuck1
      10:32 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

      The earth is flat. Can’t argue with that.



  6. roundball fool
    7:55 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    Spot on Matt. Clay Travis lies like most politicians. There you go partisan cry babies.



  7. tbbucs86
    8:06 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    Plus I do not think Clay Tarvis wants to bone his own daughter like Trump does



    • runningunnin.454
      10:45 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

      Here we go again!
      “Send in the clowns”
      “Don’t bother, they’re here”



  8. MegatonRange
    8:16 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    And this is the path that KSR has chosen to follow. Jones gets his political themes straight from the DNC, injects them in as many stories as possible & then passes those same orders down to his employees. It’s sad watching KSR commit suicide like this, but so be it.



  9. me101
    8:42 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    Why bring politics into this. We can debate until dooms day. Clay says this to get attention. And he’s getting it. All the haters are cheering for him.



  10. ronnie78
    8:44 pm June 27, 2016 Permalink

    If you know he does this to get attention, don’t give him attention by talking about him or his click bait articles. If people are ever smart enough to just ignore this guy he will fade away.



    • me101
      12:44 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Don’t worry I didn’t give clicks to this prick.



  11. blueballs80
    12:43 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Yea Cal’s players do get paid when they get drafted. Travis can eat shit. There is said it.



  12. bluegrassstu
    1:02 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Matt was spot on about Trump. Hillary doesnt get my vote either. I really hope this Travis fella is full of shit.



  13. Al B. Frank
    8:22 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    I think Matt could have easily made his point without interjecting his political opinion into it. We’re talking about sports, not politics. Let’s keep them separate.

    Agree or not with the Trump reference, it didn’t need to be in there.



    • Megan
      10:36 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      I agreed with this when I first read it, but on further review: If the reference is apropos, it’s apropos. No? And it nicely illustrates what this other douchebag is doing. So if you’re not an extremely touchy partisan whose first instinct is to defend Trump’s honor (not even his own party is doing that), there really should be no objection to drawing the parallel.

      Do we kowtow to the extremely touchy and let them dictate the terms of the discussion? Or do we discount them and let them flail away? The latter, I think. Political correctness isn’t the answer here. At some point, you have to acknowledge the consensus. It’s not like reasonable minds can disagree.



  14. JDawg
    8:44 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Matt, leave your left wing agenda bullshit out of basketball. You have a good thing going here, It makes it hard to even read one of your posts knowing that you dumb enough to support Killary.



    • Billy Hill
      10:30 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Your spelling and grammar leave a lot to be desired. Lemme guess: Trump?



  15. Megan
    10:40 am June 28, 2016 Permalink

    Matt, how do you know Cal doesn’t pay his players? Yes, Travis has asserted as fact something for which he has offered no proof. But now you’re doing the same. And your burden is harder: You have to prove a negative. In the end, we have two kids arguing: “Cal does this.” “No, he doesn’t.” That goes nowhere.

    If you’re trying to establish a foundation for defamation by noting that Travis isn’t expressing an opinion, you also have to establish that he intentionally or recklessly lied. Good luck with that if you haven’t cleared the initial hurdle of proving falsity. You have no standing, and Cal has never sued over this kind of thing. So don’t try to be a lawyer here. Just rake Travis over the coals for being a prolapsed rectum. That’s a low burden of proof. I think we can stipulate.

    Or treat Travis like the public figure he is and see how he likes being on the receiving end. I think his prolapsed rectum tells us all we need to know about that.



    • satcheluk
      12:56 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      Matt isn’t arguing that Cal doesn’t pay players. He is arguing that Travis has no proof of Cal paying players, therefore his assertion, stated as a fact and not an opinion, is irresponsible. Big difference.