By Matt Vensel
4:30 PM EDT, May 12, 2011
Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason likes to voice his opinions, which often show up on websites such as Pro Football Talk. Like when he called Roger Goodell “a joke.” And when he said the Ravens looked like “the Bad News Bears.” And when he talked about Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder peeing himself.
But when the hosts of “The Norris & Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan asked Mason on Monday to call Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall “a fool” for his controversial Twitter comments about Osama bin Laden so the veteran wideout could get back on Pro Football Talk, Mason lashed out at the popular website.
“Man, PFT is so biased,” said Mason, who feels that Pro Football Talk has a pro-owner bias in its lockout coverage. "It’s unbelievable how pro-NFL or anything opposite the players they are, it’s crazy. Besides some of the stuff that they write about that is kind of true and is out there that anybody can put out there, there’s a lot of stuff that they’re just so biased and when you read it, it’s like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”
Well, Pro Football Talk’s editor Mike Florio, a regular guest on “Norris & Davis,” saw the transcript of those comments and he made sure to make his weekly spot on the show super awkward Thursday morning.
Asked about ESPN’s power rankings for NFL owners, an irritated Florio said that “the bloggers at ESPN really don’t know what they’re talking about,” criticized Ed Norris and Steve Davis for asking him about a rival website and then bashed them for staying quiet when Mason voiced his opinion about Pro Football Talk.
“I’m also waiting for an opportunity to defend my honor since you guys didn’t when Derrick Mason was trashing me the other day,” Florio said before whining some more then basking in a few seconds of awkward silence.
He continued his rant.
“My business interests ride on how people perceive us, and if you’ve got players out there saying things that are just untrue, it would be nice if folks who know otherwise would just say something,” Florio said. “But you’re saying it now, I guess, so I guess it makes it OK.”
A few minutes later, after the conversation somehow got back on the rails, Florio brought up Mason again.
“We’re not biased about one side or the other. We get accused of being biased against each side which I guess means we’re hitting it right down the middle,” he said. “I was hoping you would have him on.”
“Monday would be great, actually,” Norris said.
“Want to fight with Derrick on our show?” asked Davis.
“I’d love to,” Florio responded.
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