Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated on Take Action News

Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated on Take Action News


sports writers of our time he’s written
down many works many books six different books his most
recent one they couldn’t influences behind how sports or play ten games are
one which is also about the economic
principals useless when sports my favorite book ever written is actually
transition to a man who shares were kept locked written before ten o’clock thrilled at
the drummer climbed out the finances because it’s a great writer and europe u
dot let me go of my hometown blowing to maybe out of
the pride of wanting to know what you are a client welcome to take action news fluid dark there are a defect john got great degrade robbie first
there are many help how did you can’t get the story how
did it come together well i think that that what the statue
with data slapped with a little bit of a fluke we have a uh… aka contributing
writer like a regular promptly accused friends with the debated the agent that
i have a client who’s thinking about coming out after the cv
with this pickup interested you said certain certainly ethical in early
april when they do with the date of uh… april twenty fourth the player did want
to do it during the fees and if he didn’t want to be a distraction but it
is the to defeat was over he wanted to on
perjured himself and we’ve circled april twenty fourth letter tell other than
they’ll probably because i bought a plane ticket indeed to might happy
surprise if the meeting was never templeton we uh… showed up on the twenty fourth we had
the draft and we you know knocked on the door and jason collins at ordered up lunch
already an agreement with a smile and that’s pretty much out happened and you had no idea in advance that o_j_
syndrome yeah i think candidly you know we we do the agent we
do it an n_b_a_ player right deduced that if he was scheduling
meeting for the twenty fourth he was not in the playoffs so you could sort of reverse engineer it and and narrowed the list but i had to admit it certainly was
taken called until uh… yelp liberally to a door flung open and i think i don’t know if you know
enough about the n_b_a_ in about him to be able to project a historic back story
what was the first during that he said to you uh… i i think it was just sort of you
know if ever happen hour of very casual sort of ice breaking dot also that uh… to chicken fecal
with his back up that early for that typical l eight talk about the traffic evidence
of this happen our capital an update get to know each other before weekly deck of the business of the war in your own mind i’ve ever journalist
and i know that you’ve interviewed a lot of hot high-profile figures in sports
and elsewhere but in your own mind where you appreciative of of that at the
moment what a watershed moment this one you know it’s funny paid i’d i’d i guess
yet they know uh… i mean i anticipated that this would make significant news on
the other hand interviewer precedent for that and and allegations that they could get a
thing called the third lead a rally for that are in need it in the final tidbit started at that
we’re not talking about coby or shack and i can’t sort of i thought you knew that he was a
delightful guy i thought he would he was very cancer-free they’ve been
charismatic but you just never have and i will i woke up monday morning we
we released a story on monday and i texted gave headed towards that
here you go in yeah are you ready and um… you know that morning kinky
boat had been released by the jets which in new york anyway with if you do that
all over sports talk radio ads eliot wrote that i i don’t know maybe
tim tebow will drown out the story but um… you know about did take ten minutes after uh… that they won’t like that it up with died i was a prized by helicopter to pick up
that though yahoo it wasnt tim tebow got the call from president obama got that
going to have her jobs are so he would not be religious in content and how long
did you have from the moment i interviewed her to crack the story men go back to a man
and refine it before had to be published ipaper really might might think is sort
of blood it agreed to do this and we were you
know he was very clear and there was no hesitation might might be blood we don’t sit on this let me just phoebe energetic this let’s just get up
there he you know i i think a lot of people sort
of had left we’ll take our time here and there’s no
rush he was actually he was very concerned at the time of delivery to say
that he with concern that for whom he played most of the fees were
having their first game in boston on that friday night the twenty six of their first game after the marathon and he was buried it was very concerned
that if the story came out it would divert attention from uh… for
medication though he really wanted to wait and i
will tell if fine with us than did the story was with quite easy i mean it was a first-person peter we we arriving
covers many times if you talk to a subject it’s pulling teeth to get a quote that
you can use he was you know he had thought about that he
knew what he wanted to say he knew what he wanted to empathize what he was a
d_n_c_ side and he he had a lot on his mind which i think was one of the
reasons each other than this this route anyway so you know he we spoke probably the first day for
three four hours and came up with a draft that he had a
couple of changes the newest it was clearly a a profit like that bud dot i was afraid
the whole time that one person said that what we did
suddenly we always ownership of this that uh… intellect luckly that didn’t happen in the course of those first three or
four hours did you detect much nervousness from him about what the
reaction would be uh… dud i mean there was uh… uh he was
fighting and he was the motorola there were serious about men said they were
playful moment that i think that he felt very relieved but there was no i i got no there’s
what’s so it does sense of uh… p dot date there were no doubt there
will be difficult that he was absolutely steadfast about doing it
given this great bought at icici he knew this to get out that he knew didn’t
before you eat lunch that day obama oprah bill clinton with all of
called him but i think he knew that this had the potential to really change thousand life changing the real really
for change his identity you know you can be viewed heee meanwhile that there is
no third naivete here and defeat her first days of this range of emotions
of the three four hours nerves there is uh… did not really enter reside with john reply me the senior
writer for sports illustrated has been within the magazine for some seventeen
years he was one of the key folks involved in putting together the jason
collins story here to the uh… cover story sports illustrated sowjanya hw habit interview with him
april the twenty fourth report hours what was the first thing that you sent
your sport illustrated colleagues back in new york and who were about the
magazine and how to put this together and what you have well-behaved candidly very very few people knew about this i mean if it was kind of a top secret
operation they were really only two of us in the opposite even knew that’s what’s going on and um… you know i if i tell you we are the
photos you want what i knew that he was good follow through and we have have
been here he was comparable like arranged this photo
shoot very hastily for thursday idyllic photographer even what they
thought that you know what this was about so i’m we’re looking back i what are the fire a
photographer was thinking going to the council up into a for a potential cover
photoshoot with the guy who played you know eleven minutes for the washington
withered in the last game uh… but they’ll either there with this was
really sort of because of the nature of this and how fearful yes double to sort of media
stepped off the land of respected case to the media we were all
very very wary of any sort of leaks though uh… it with you with a very
small circle until you know really until the day before we we’ve pushed the button on this one of the things that come through and
you alluded to that uh… a couple minutes ago and that is the his focus on
the team and not wanting to take attention away from the celtics and not
wanting to the tractor and he mentioned that in a couple of his interviews that
evaporates the rabbit that pricing together that people don’t realize about their
particular eighteen worker happily from team sports just how much that sense of teamwork and being
motivated by the team keeps them focus just on that yeah i i think that’s a really good
point is that i haven’t that i haven’t heard terrific i think i think i have to
really uh… early together patient that and i think it goes both ways that here is really a calling card i mean he
stock in trade that he just came down i don’t take a lot of shock to me that the
dirty work and i had written to be a big game ball unit house that’s prominently displayed and i looked at his headline score from that game when he
got the game ball he did one pointed tip of your shots but he had yelp blockid rebound as plus my dad put
something like twenty six ten uh… i think that actually at a huge roar what he did not want to
be a disruption in in any way and i think the flip side of that is
there’s israel sacred sent i think it taken as a surreal factors eg
scent of the locker room i think the flip side of that if he expects that as long as he’s a good team eight people are gonna care by the sexuality jonathan how does this change the n_b_a_
i mean phil jackson prominently said not too long ago that you know any of the
players emily well now you know the least one one of those due to the lead
in and how do you think it changes the game if at all well i don’t think that the the uh… to the reaction monday and the response
is coming from budget from covina even after from players you scarcely heard of
a for poor acting um… really reflected well the n_b_a_
and i think the fed a part of the story a honestly is at momentous is monday as
we need to see this guy the uniform i mean that next chapter is chief in college suiting up that i think
that way and that i got i’d do you think it’s it’s weighted nadia he played in the fall maybe there’s no
way he doesn’t play the n_b_a_ but uh… i decree sort of you know that the next
step is when he was actually on a team and right now is a free agent in what
he’s side the best debated as opponents and
goes to these arenas i think we’ll know a lot more but i i
think the n_b_a_ the whole time sort of got a bit of a bad rap in all of that i
think people really for the underestimated he that belief but a lot of them are very young and we
know about deficit gilad sexuality breaking down by
generation ended and by a_g_ and i i think that i’d i got the fear of sense
of uh… any sort of trepidation from from other
player time before i like to go and again
congradulations into theater refrig story and it’s an amazing amazing well told story in a great interview
honestly have you got any call from unido agents for some n_f_l_ football
plextor who want to be next uh… derek derek certainly chatter out
there and i think that you know even before that uh… this that whole issue
of of an active athlete coming out with definitely in the ether anyway uh… and i’d i’d do you think uh… there are
other athletes that have been considering that that i can i think that
if they the response monday in the third overload the poor
dot not again not just called for the president didn’t appear subtle proffered
just from elbow or borrow people on social media i
dot i think if you have been struggling with it so you’ve been waiting making
that decision and saw how do you think also filed a
response last monday uh… it it certainly might might encourage you to have to follow
through dot or a climbing a very are noted
author a senior writer for sports illustrated graduate of you know and
patent law school and also want to high school north i’m proud of the pride of
woman to be in the arab fry hoosier john thanks so much for doing that’s a really
appreciated and again congratulations now they are here the credible because
but i thought that there is a data or you’re without john oregon thanks
again think actually a little react radio continues after dinner this stds std it’s

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