Shannon Sharpe Rumors
On Monday’s “Undisputed” on FS1, in which Sharpe serves as cohost alongside Skip Bayless and Jenny Taft, Shannon Sharpe discussed a quote that he had thought came from Durant. The false quote, from an unverified Nets fan Twitter account, reads: “People try to discredit my rings, but honestly I feel like they’re the most valuable of our era. People argue (LeBron) is the GOAT, but if I beat him in back-to-back finals, then what does that make me?”
In true Durant fashion, he took to Twitter to put Sharpe on blast. “Y’all drunk uncle out here lying again. When did I say this @ShannonSharpe ???????????????????????????,” Durant tweeted in response to a fan who shared a clip of Sharpe’s analysis, and wrote, “I don’t think [KD] said this.”
The two of them continued their exchange on Twitter, with Durant calling Sharpe out for responding to someone else instead of him. Sharpe responded: “KD, IF* you wanna talk to me. I’m not hard to find, but I’m not going back and forth on social media. Whatever our differences are. They can be handled out of the eye of social media.” Durant tweeted a screenshot minutes later to show that Sharpe had blocked him on Twitter.
Fox Sports management has an important strategic decision to make before the next football season — and not just about NFL media rights. Shannon Sharpe’s current contract expires after July 2021, sources told Front Office Sports. The question now is whether Fox will compensate the three-time Super Bowl winner similarly to his controversial “Undisputed” co-host Skip Bayless. Sharpe earns about half of Bayless’ annual salary, said sources. The Pro Football Hall of Famer makes an estimated $3 million-plus annually vs. around $6 million for Bayless, the reigning enfant terrible of morning sports TV.
Many would argue the funny, outspoken Sharpe has become as big a TV draw as Bayless, and the 52-year old’s social media following is now equal to that of the 69-year old Bayless. “Shannon’s become a star in his own right. And do you really want to be paying a Black man half what his white co-star’s making?” said a source.