Colin Cowherd has a vendetta with John Wall that he just can’t seem to drop. After doing the Dougie during his first game, Cowherd’s criticism has been unjustifiably relentless. Wall has since embraced his role as a public figure, performing so many good deeds in the community that I don’t think I could fit them all into one post.
Most of the sports world knows Cowherd’s playing a shtick, but we’re kind of getting sick of it. Bill Simmons hopes to be the bearer of the olive branch. Simmons returned to the sports world on October 1st with “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” and in the second week he’s already brought up the issue.
“I like Cowherd,” Simmons said. “I think he did a good job for ESPN. I think it’s really hard to do radio three hours a day. I like him personally. I get, you know, some of what he does is schtick. You’re not gonna bat a thousand. Not everyone’s gonna agree with every opinion you made. The biggest mistake he’s made, other than what he said about Dominican Republic players this summer, which wasn’t great … was not just what he said about John Wall a couple times, but not retracting it.”
Simmons didn’t get into details, but his podcast partner for the day, D.C.-based Joe House, was not shy.
“All of [Cowherd’s] assignations, his problems with Wall at the outset and what he was describing, it emanated from this thing where Wall was doing the Dougie early on. Not a good look, but all of the criticisms that Colin then put on him were classic racial coding kind of stuff,” House said. “It was loathsome, and he doubled down on it.”
Simmons said he will bring the issue back up with Cowherd when joins his podcast in the next few weeks.