Mike Francesa needs to go after racist tirade over Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine's shooting

Mike Francesa: “When you finish your draft and stress how you went out of your way to take the right kind of guys, guys that you want on the team, guys that are going to be great character guys and you stress that as strongly as the Giants did, it looks pretty bad when one of them gets shot on a Saturday night. It does not look good. It’s just more of the same for the Giants, who just can’t get out of their own way, no matter what they say."

“It’s sad to see the Giants become a laughingstock that they have around the league,” the radio host added.

Mike Francesa, with a history of racist comments, knows laughingstock.

Ballentine, a 23-year-old grid star at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., had been out celebrating just getting drafted when he was wounded and his best friend and roommate, Dwane Simmons, also 23, was shot dead early Sunday. The pair were at an off-campus party thrown by some members of the school’s women’s soccer team.

Ballentine’s dad took issue with the notion that his son and Simmons were anything but victims.

“It was just two blocks from his house — it was not a thug area or a hoodlum area,” Vaughn said of the party the young men went to. “It was just wrong place, wrong time.

“He has had his nose to the grindstone for so long, and he had really worked hard, very hard, for a long, long time,” Vaughn said of his son. “We went through that draft, and it was really hard.

“My son is a grown man. He can go out and celebrate a little bit. Who doesn’t go and and celebrate with their friends?”

Ballentine’s dad added that the Giants fully vet potential players — and his son’s background is sparkling clean.

“I tell you what. You can pick up every stone and every rock on the ground, and you won’t find a smidge of dirt tied to that boy,” Vaughn said of his son.

“He never had a discipline referral, never been suspended from school. He was an honor-roll student. … He got called to the principal’s office once in ninth grade — and that was because somebody stepped on his feet and he turned around and said stop. Because he raised his voice at somebody. And I’m in the principal’s office saying, ‘Why am I here?’ ”

Vaughn added that Simmons was just as stellar a person.

“Those two kids were best friends, peas in a pod, kindred spirits. None of these young men had been in any trouble,” Ballentine’s dad said.

“It’s senseless violence.”

Vaughn said his son doesn’t blame himself for his best pal’s death, nor do Simmons’ parents.

Still, he’s hurting, the dad said of Ballentine.

“He’s about as well as expected for a 23-year-old who just got shot … and lost a good friend,” Vaughn said. “I guess there’s no really, really good way to put it — he’s about as good as expected.”

But “he holds a lot of stuff in. He’s going to have to let some out,” the dad said.



Francesa, who at this point can't even book paid guests, is an expert on Orientals, gays, and, of course, the Jews.

Even if WFAN makes the tapes disappear...time for Mike to go for good.

[NY Post]

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