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Monday’s Mashup: Derek Jeter calls Bryant Gumbel ‘mentally weak’ in contentious interview

Lucy Burdge
April 23, 2018 - 5:37 am

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-- Bryant Gumbel interviewed Derek Jeter for an upcoming episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and it was not exactly smooth.

Gumbel questioned the Marlins owner about his decision to attend a Dolphins-Patriots game in December instead of baseball's winter meetings and Jeter wasn’t thrilled.

"You are, or were, in the process of getting rid of the best players on this team, and isn't it your job, as the face of the franchise to be at those winter meetings and explain what's going on?,” Gumbel said. “Isn't that your responsibility?”

To which Jeter responded:  “No, not necessarily. There’s more to a football game. It wasn't just going to watch a football game. There were meetings that were taking place at a football game.”

Here are excerpts from the exchange released by HBO:

BRYANT GUMBEL: “If you were tanking, would you tell me?”

DEREK JETER: “Tanking? What is-- no-- tanking?”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “Tanking is -- not trying your hardest to win ball games in -- every day.”

DEREK JETER: “We're trying to win ball games every day.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “If you trade your best players in exchange for prospects, it's unlikely you're going to win more games in the immediate future--”

DEREK JETER: “When you take the field, you have an opportunity to win each and every day. Each and every day. You never tell your team that they're expected to lose. Never.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “Not in so--”

DEREK JETER: “Now, you can think -- now-- now, I can't tell you how you think. Like, I see your mind. I see that's how you think. I don't think like that. That's your mind working like that.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “No, I get that. But I guess not in so many words--”

DEREK JETER: “But you don't. But you don't get it.”


DEREK JETER: “You don’t. We have two different mi-- I can't wait to get you on the golf course, man. We got-- I mean, I can't wait for this one.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “No, I mean--”

DEREK JETER: “You're mentally weak.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “No, I just-- I'm-- I'm realistic. You really expect this team--”

DEREK JETER: “I expect this team to--”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “--as presently configured to contend--”

DEREK JETER: “--compete, to compete. To compete--”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “Compete is one thing--”

DEREK JETER: “Every sing--”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “Watch my lips. Not compete.”

DEREK JETER: “I see your--”


DEREK JETER: “I see your lips. I see. I've been seeing 'em this whole interview. I see your lips moving constantly. You'd never tell your players that you are expected to lose. You don't do that. You should take that as a slap in the face as a player. You should take that as a slap in the face.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “You expect them to contend?”

DEREK JETER: “I do. I do. If I don't believe with the-- in the players that we have on the field, who's going to believe in them?”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “But as an executive, it looks like you're delusional if you believe otherwise--”

DEREK JETER: “Well, call me delusional.”

When Gumbel asked Jeter if he wants to keep this position forever, Jeter said, “Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I'm enjoying what I'm doing. Like I said, there's still a lot to learn, all right?"

The interview airs on Tuesday at 10 p.m. on HBO.

-- Former NFL kicker Jay Feely has apologized after tweeting a picture of himself holding a gun with his daughter and her prom date on Saturday.

Feely tweeted an apology on Sunday after receiving backlash.

"The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke,” he wrote. “My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking. I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

Feely spent 14 years in the NFL and has been an analyst for CBS since 2014.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Status is: Doing really great. I've been riding dirt bikes, training really hard. I can vroom vroom really good. I can ride that bike like no other, and my speed is up there." -- Rob Gronkowski, in a strange press conference on Saturday, on his status for the 2018 season


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