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The big question is, however, whether or not Burke truly has some type of relationship/friendship with the famous rapper. Burke herself addressed that exact query in a recent appearance on the Road Trippin’ podcast and while it may come as a disappointment for some, the truth is that they actually aren’t even friends. “No, not really,” Burke quickly responded when asked if she really had a friendship with Drake. “He’s quite kind. I’ve seen him in person like three times and we’ve exchanged a nice conversation.”
Burke then opened up about the whole “Woman Crush Everyday” brouhaha and how she openly discussed this with Drake when they met: “I said to him when I finally met him after him wearing that shirt and I said, ‘I don’t think this is your intention. But I do very much appreciate you expressing respect for my work because I do think it helped change some people’s feelings about me as a broadcaster.’ And it’s one of those little moments, Channing, where somebody’s done something that made a difference.”
Metta World Peace on thanking his psychologist, Dr. Santhi Periasamy, while talking to ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke as confetti fell at Staples Center, where the Lakers defeated the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals: “A lot of therapists actually reached out. I know players that were going through stuff also, different issues than what I was going through. A lot of therapists hit me back [saying], “Thank you, you made my job easier just by coming out like that.” I know we had [Kevin] Love and [DeMar] DeRozan who came out [and talked about their mental health]. I thought it was really good because I didn’t realize they were actually going through a few things. And I thought that was big.”
Yet Burke is a most unintentional feminist icon and pioneer. She stumbled into a career to stay connected to a sport she loved while raising her two children, and somewhere along the way became a trailblazer. “Put your head down and focus on the game in front of you” has been Burke’s guiding mantra, her mission to do be judged solely on her work and her competence. It is only recently that she has allowed herself enough time to look up and enjoy the view. “I joke with my daughter and my son, the older I get, the more of a feminist I become,” she says. Burke now spies a sports landscape that includes women hosting NBA shows, calling college football games and sitting on NBA benches, a world where she might have been the first but she is far from the last. She welcomes the company but longs for a day when no one even notices.
What reaffirms Burke, what has always reaffirmed her, is that the people who truly matter — her colleagues, the coaches and the athletes — don’t care. ESPN hired and promoted her, and coaches and athletes, at both the college and professional level, trust her. Were it not for that, she says she might have left the business 20 years ago. And while she welcomes their public support and the Twitter responses in her defense, it’s their everyday actions that mean more. They don’t treat her differently. Her opinion is valued, her knowledge respected and her gender is exactly what she’s always wanted it to be — a non-issue. “When fans see real interactions between female reporters or analysts and players and coaches, when they hear Charles Barkley engage in dialogue about X’s and O’s with Candace Parker, those interactions have nothing to do with gender,” Burke says. “Those are the powerful moments.”