Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder made a big splash with the maiden voyage of his weekend radio show on WQAM. With three separate newsy items emerging from only one show, Crowder and Zach Krantz could soon be relegating, say, Sid Rosenberg to the 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. time slot.
The biggest story from Sunday, which coincidentally became the subject of an Associated Press story only after it was posted here, related to Crowder’s hint that he sold his University of Florida jerseys.
“I’ll say hypothetically I don’t have any of my Florida jerseys,” Crowder said on the air, per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “There were some Jacksonville businessmen who liked my play.”
On Tuesday, Crowder clarified his remarks.
“I said hypothetically twice [Sunday],” Crowder said, per Kevin Lerner of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I said, hypothetically, if I didn’t have any more of my jerseys because let’s say, hypothetically, some wealthy businessmen liked my play at Florida . . . and they took it and ran off with it. As a matter of fact, I think so highly of myself and my mom thinks highly of me so I can’t sell any of my jerseys. I’ve got to keep them all.”
Per Kelly’s account, Crowder said “hypothetically” only once. And even if Crowder said “hypothetically” a million times, a reasonable person could interpret his use of “hypothetically” as cover, in the event that his words had the intended effect — generating interest in and attention to his radio show.
“We’ve got to bring it next week, people are going to listen now,” Crowder said. “I think I took my ratings up a little bit.”
And they’ll stay up as long as he continues to say controversial things. Hypothetically, of course.