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Cabot seeks discipline of Cleveland radio host

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I’ve resisted writing about the over-the-top shock-jock trolling of Kevin Kiley, who knew exactly what he was doing when he launched into a protracted rant that started with a #hottaek regarding female football coaches and eventually metastasized into an argument that no woman should vote on candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I had no desire to advance Kiley’s obvious agenda, which is to get as many people as possible talking about him regardless of whether the vast majority were calling him a nincompoop or worse.

But there’s a new angle to be explored. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a respected journalist who holds a vote on the Pro Football Hall of Fame, explains that she wants to see 92.3 The Fan impose discipline on Kiley.

“I am actually planning to write a column on this soon,” Cabot writes in a Q&A column, “depending in part on what 92.3 The Fan decides to do about Kiley’s inappropriate and unacceptable comments about women in professional sports on his morning radio show. Specifically, in regard to new Bills assistant Kathryn Smith, the first fulltime coach in the history of the NFL, he said it’s ‘absurd’ for a woman to be a coach in the NFL. He also reiterated that it’s ‘absurd’ for a woman to have a Pro Football Hall of Fame vote — which I have again this year. When he first said that in 2012, I should’ve taken a stronger stand. But I will this time. The short answer is that he needs to be disciplined, he needs to apologize — which he refused to do the other day — and he needs to stop.”

Amen to all of that. Kiley may think that it’s good radio for him to be happily leaping over the line while his co-hosts half-heartedly try to reel him in, chuckling with instead of fuming at his remarks. Kiley may think it’s good for his career to spew cartoonish hate masquerading as the kind of strong opinions that fans want to hear, even if (hopefully) 99.99999 percent of those who heard the comments strongly disagree. The only way to show Kiley and other of his ilk that it’s not acceptable is to take away the microphone, temporarily or longer.

Given that Kiley has a history of saying this kind of stuff, maybe “longer” is the right option.

If 92.3 The Fan won’t take action, then the listeners should. Boycott the station. Target its advertisers. For members of the media and newsmakers invited to appear on the station, decline to do it and tell them it’s directly because of Kiley.

Yanking the privilege of being on the air is the only way for any responsible media company to deal with something that is far more insidious than a slip of the tongue or a misguided seat-of-the-pants riff. As to Kiley, it’s persistent, it’s deliberate, and it should have been dealt with a long time ago.

If 92.3 The Fan won’t do it, the rest of the people in Cleveland should.

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104 Responses to “Cabot seeks discipline of Cleveland radio host”
  1. dukeearl says: Jan 24, 2016 11:50 AM

    Need to agree with Cabot’s remarks.
    No reason that an intelligent woman should not be able to make recommendations on the Hall of Fame.

    Many men probably should NOT have a vote due to their stupidity.

  2. orivar says: Jan 24, 2016 11:50 AM

    If you’re saying things to incite a reaction then you already have a gauge of the responses you’ll receive, you also don’t care.

  3. tndiver says: Jan 24, 2016 11:50 AM

    I abhor those types of radio personalities, but I would not stop with letting just him go. There is a long list to include with him. I agree, if the radio station will not do anything, then time to boycott and maybe even other local affiliates in various football towns.

  4. coltsreign says: Jan 24, 2016 11:52 AM

    He will get a job at ESPN, Where buffoonery is the gold standard

  5. thereyougo2 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:55 AM

    Or just ignore him. We could take up a collection and send him to the Middle East where they totally agree with his way of thinking.

  6. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jan 24, 2016 11:58 AM

    Florio arguing in favor of censorship. No slippery slope there, sir. This is a bright-line case of somebody yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, next thing you know they’ll stop shooting journalists who criticize the ruling party and then where would we be.

  7. ttommytom says: Jan 24, 2016 12:00 PM

    The fat little man writer/voter who never played one minute of football on the playground has a vote.

    What is the difference?

    So let’s have an athlete test before someone gets to vote?

    There was always a girl or two who could play and and I believe all deserve to play, whether a fat little man or a girl.

  8. pacodawg says: Jan 24, 2016 12:01 PM

    I’ll bet lebron could get her fired

  9. pacodawg says: Jan 24, 2016 12:04 PM

    If u listen to MKK, I will tell you her knowledge in football is limited

  10. hlmatty1 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:06 PM

    Whether he is right or wrong, find it interesting that a “reporter” has no problem having another similar “reporter” fired for his comments. Guess freedom of speech for thee and not for he. Whether people who have never played the game can be truly experts is not a new argument and, disagree or not, it is not hateful to take that position — ball players and coaches do it all the time.

  11. smarterfootball says: Jan 24, 2016 12:07 PM

    While I disagree with what he says…in the instance of Mary Kay Kabot he is right. She is AWFUL.

  12. 13arod says: Jan 24, 2016 12:08 PM

    Why should girls be able to be coaches or voters for the HOF women are smarter then most men anyways

  13. jamesfield74 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:09 PM

    What he said was not generally acceptable. But he does have the right to say it. I don’t understand why mob rule or institutional censorship is encouraged when to satisfies people.

    Freedom of speeches means freedom of speech. Don’t listen.

  14. clashpoint says: Jan 24, 2016 12:11 PM

    Y’know I wouldn’t even let that dj hillbilly stooge be the guest speaker for a cub scout jamboree.

  15. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 24, 2016 12:12 PM

    Someone in the media (Kiley) making incendiary remarks? No way. And now another media buffoon with opinions of her own (Cabot) wants to gather the torches and pitchforks to go after him for an apology. Yawn.

  16. rodge1 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:12 PM

    Who listens to Cleveland radio anyways?

  17. abninf says: Jan 24, 2016 12:12 PM

    Free speech only counts for hyper-sensitive liberals.

  18. conflictedobserver says: Jan 24, 2016 12:14 PM

    hes a nimrod ok but who does she think she is to tell another entity what they can and cannot say. Mary Cabot gets passes from just about all the mainstream media and even here at PFT because shes a female.
    The guy on the radio is entitled to spew his ignorance as perceived by her and many just as she is entitled to spew hers as well. shes not nearly always right and she sometimes has an agenda. face it, everytime you write something for the public you are displaying your thoughts or your agenda.
    PFT you should have ignored them both.
    I dare say and im sure i will get erased here, if mary cabot was a man, we wouldnt know who the heck they are, other than a beat writer for Cleveland.

  19. abninf says: Jan 24, 2016 12:14 PM

    I’ve resisted writing about the over-the-top shock-jock trolling of Kevin Kiley
    ===================================

    You’ve also resisted writing about the latest court ruling on trademarks concerning the Redskins name hahaha

  20. spirrulz12 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:14 PM

    Steeler fanboy Florio outraged at shock jock’s misogyny… meanwhile Steeler criminality in the community (see “fixer” story from last offseason) is a non-story….

    Please.

  21. maestro1899 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:18 PM

    hlmatty1 says:
    Jan 24, 2016 12:06 PM
    Whether he is right or wrong, find it interesting that a “reporter” has no problem having another similar “reporter” fired for his comments. Guess freedom of speech for thee and not for he. Whether people who have never played the game can be truly experts is not a new argument and, disagree or not, it is not hateful to take that position — ball players and coaches do it all the time.

    —————————————————————-

    I think you are confused as to what “freedom of speech” means.

    We, as Americans, do have Freedom of Speech, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for saying outlandish or offensive things. Remember, the radio station is a private enterprise.

    So while Kevin Kiley does have the freedom to say what he wants (no one is going to throw him in jail), he also must live with the consequences of what he says.

  22. cardinalsfan20 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:19 PM

    92.3 The Fan is a CBS Sports Radio affiliate. Make your voice heard to corporate. For anyone who has a daughter (actually anyone at all) this is totally unacceptable.

  23. newpairofsox says: Jan 24, 2016 12:19 PM

    Cabot should write the column regardless of any disciplinary action. That guy is a tool and needs a metaphorical whack in the side of the head.

  24. gadgetdawg says: Jan 24, 2016 12:20 PM

    I wouldn’t scream for an apology. His rant would have me looking for another station. He obviously took his bigotry over the top and doesn’t really seem sorry about it at all. The only thing he may eventually be sorry about is that it may hurt him financially.

    Here is the truth as I see it: A woman does have a disadvantage when it comes to football. Since female teams are extremely rare in football, women have to work a bit harder to gain experience. Like many men though, it can be done through study and internships. Coaching and reporting is largely about collecting knowledge and woman can do that as well as anyone.

  25. 6ball says: Jan 24, 2016 12:22 PM

    .
    I never once saw a major broadcast network call for a boycott of a radio host and his sponsors. As Spock would say, “fascinating ” .
    .

  26. raiderinva says: Jan 24, 2016 12:26 PM

    Imagine that, using a media forum to push an obvious agenda and Mike Florio being upset and not reporting on it simply because he does not agree with the view.

    Bet if Kevin Kiley was ranting about the Redskins name he would have been invited to be a guest on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio.

  27. stew48 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:26 PM

    If there was no absolute, 100% slander involved, I think PFT is as far out of bounds as possible.
    Are you going to shoot me down because I’ve never read anything MCC wrote that would suggest she votes for the HOF? That fact shocked me most of anything in your article.

  28. thelandofnotquiteright says: Jan 24, 2016 12:27 PM

    Sigh. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from repercussion. It only means the government cannot punish you. A private entity such as 92.3 can. That’s their freedom of speech. Mary Kay Cabot is exercising her freedom of speech by calling for him to apologize. You cant defend one person’s freedom of speech and then expect other people not to use their’s to respond. If 92.3 cans this nimrod that will be them using their freedom of speech to disagree with Kiley’s freedom of speech. Not to mention 92.3 is an employer, not a town square. They can censor whatever the hell they want to and no one can say boo.

  29. truthfactory says: Jan 24, 2016 12:31 PM

    I think you are confused as to what “freedom of speech” means.

    We, as Americans, do have Freedom of Speech, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for saying outlandish or offensive things. Remember, the radio station is a private enterprise.

    So while Kevin Kiley does have the freedom to say what he wants (no one is going to throw him in jail), he also must live with the consequences of what he says.
    —–

    I hear your point, but I think the greater point is that why do our media airwaves need to be filled with only 1 opinion? America is a very diverse country with diverse opinions. Why do liberals insist on throwing someone off the air when someone voices an opinion opposed to their own?

    I don’t think it’s a crazy idea to suggest someone who has never played or coached football should vote for the HOF. You can disagree with the thought, but why take a stand to get the opinion banned from the publics ear? It seems like a very insecure way to push the liberal agenda. Let both arguments be made and let the public decide. If you dont like something someone says, then don’t listen. If a lot of people think and act the same, their ratings will go down and they’ll get canned. This article is ridiculous

  30. cowboylover says: Jan 24, 2016 12:33 PM

    For all the commenters out there– it’s Cabot not Kabot. Poster who said women are smarter then most men–the word is “than.” (Comparison). As to shock jocks–I’m a firm believer in free markets. Guys like him will be regulated to the lower ranks by the listeners, even if just by their opinions. Let him be hoist on his own pitard. (15-year-olds, look it up.)

  31. cowboylover says: Jan 24, 2016 12:35 PM

    Thanks spellcheck! Relegated not regulated.

  32. 4sacroc says: Jan 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    Free speech, pal. You don’t like it, turn the channel.

    Wussy America.

  33. patsfan says: Jan 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    Everybody has a right to be stupid. Kiley is just testing the limits of that right.

    Kiley has managed to advance from someone I never heard of to someone I don’t care about.

  34. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 24, 2016 12:37 PM

    As a fan of the Washington Franchise, I support freedom of Speech, so I vote no punishment. If listeners don’t like him, they’ll tune out & he’ll go away. The free market is very much self-correcting that way.

  35. jvm127 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:41 PM

    Except he’s right about everything he said…

  36. ajgreenhof says: Jan 24, 2016 12:42 PM

    I’ve never even heard of the guy until this post.

  37. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Jan 24, 2016 12:43 PM

    Yes by all means let’s stifle free speech by costing people their jobs if they have a different opinion than us. Let’s also imprison any scientist who points out the Ideal Gas Law is a loose approximation unsuitable for application in a football stadium or who says that Global Warming is a UN hoax to create a global carbon tax.

    And let us call this stance “Liberal Tolerance.”

  38. megabeast37215 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:45 PM

    It’s just some dude’s opinion. The skin is thin in these parts..

  39. 95ycross says: Jan 24, 2016 12:46 PM

    Kiley is a caricature of a jerk, but his current cohost, Carman, is a smart, talented guy. Listen to the audio of the talk in question. Carman didn’t just chuckle at Kiley’s comments, the way Florio implied; Carman was fired up and he pushed back on Kiley’s ideas.

  40. bucsorbust says: Jan 24, 2016 12:47 PM

    What does Florio mean by “respected journalist?” One could say Kiley is a “respected DJ.” I don’t know either of them, and don’t agree with what it’s reported Kiley did say. But if he is on a show where is allowed to push his opinion and he’s not causing harm/breaking any laws, I wouldn’t agree he should be disciplined…he’s just an idiot and his listening audience will decide to support him or not. Idiots are all over the place. Now, I didn’t see anything threatening or hateful, or vulgar…just ignorant. I think Cabot and Florio should take a breath or ten through their noses….you know, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Cabot should write the column she states she will write and Florio has already written his. Frankly, Florio resorts to his own tactics to get a rise…he deletes posts that are critical of him, etc, which makes him seem a bit intolerant of others rights to disagree. This post here won’t last long at all. This is no big deal. Kiley is a fool…and others have thin skin.

  41. lsuzilla says: Jan 24, 2016 12:48 PM

    I come here for football. Not stories on sports radio losers.

  42. justafan2014 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:51 PM

    Cry babies. So what?

  43. hockeyflow33 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:54 PM

    I never understand why people whose job it is to communicate for a living call for penalties to those who say things they don’t like. How many times has Cabot or Florio said something we don’t like? Should we then go after their sponsors to get them fired?

    No be an adult and don’t listen or read that stuff.

    The media is disgusting with their crabs in a pot stance

  44. realfootballfan says: Jan 24, 2016 12:56 PM

    I remember when him and that other clown that always spewed the racist stuff was with him doing drive time on Fox Radio like a million years ago. Nice to see that scum still is employable in local markets. Just imagine, he used to be considered the reasonable one between him and Booms back in those days. Guess he was just holding in the crazy.

  45. bucsorbust says: Jan 24, 2016 12:57 PM

    “Don’t argue with the stupid. They will pull you down to their level and then beat you with their experience.” — Mark Twain

    Kiley is best just ignored, nothing he said warrants “discipline.”

  46. maestro1899 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:58 PM

    truthfactory says:
    Jan 24, 2016 12:31 PM
    I think you are confused as to what “freedom of speech” means.

    We, as Americans, do have Freedom of Speech, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for saying outlandish or offensive things. Remember, the radio station is a private enterprise.

    So while Kevin Kiley does have the freedom to say what he wants (no one is going to throw him in jail), he also must live with the consequences of what he says.
    —–

    I hear your point, but I think the greater point is that why do our media airwaves need to be filled with only 1 opinion? America is a very diverse country with diverse opinions. Why do liberals insist on throwing someone off the air when someone voices an opinion opposed to their own?

    I don’t think it’s a crazy idea to suggest someone who has never played or coached football should vote for the HOF. You can disagree with the thought, but why take a stand to get the opinion banned from the publics ear? It seems like a very insecure way to push the liberal agenda. Let both arguments be made and let the public decide. If you dont like something someone says, then don’t listen. If a lot of people think and act the same, their ratings will go down and they’ll get canned. This article is ridiculous

    ———————————————————————————-

    Not everything boils down to liberal vs conservative.

    You want to say outlandish things, you live with the consequences, period. If this rant drives ratings up for Kiley’s radio show (which is likely), then that’s a consequence of his action, and his radio station is happy.

    If it does the opposite, upsetting enough people that they don’t want to listen anymore, than he has to live with that as well. That’s the power of us, the public. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with what the audience wants to hear.

    As to your second point: “I don’t think it’s a crazy idea to suggest someone who has never played or coached football should vote for the HOF. ”

    Let’s face it: he wasn’t giving well thought-out reasoning; he was trying to say something controversial to get people to listen (“women shouldn’t vote for HOF”). Lots of men who have never played or coached football vote for the HOF. Peter King never played, but no one says he shouldn’t vote on the HOF because of his gender.

  47. justafan2014 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:58 PM

    O you’re offended ?

  48. clownsfan says: Jan 24, 2016 1:00 PM

    I heard the comments live. I didn’t find them to be as inflammatory as they’re being made to sound. While Kiley is an ENORMOUS moron he is entitled to his opinion. Right or wrong. He also knows his contract, w/92.3 is up soon. He knows he’s out once it’s up. As for Mary Kay Cabot. She might be one of, if not thee, WORST, least “plugged in”, beat writers in the NFL. Always confirming, never breaking. If she does, in fact, write a letter to 92.3 she will most certainly figure a way to somehow work a “Johnny Manziel Hollywood Lifestyle” angle in there. That’s all she ever wants to write/talk about. We Browns fans deserve better than anything Kevin Kiley or Mary Kay Cabot has ever given us.

  49. greenbaychicksarefat says: Jan 24, 2016 1:03 PM

    He’s right. She should be at home cooking & raising his kids, not coaching football. This country is going to pot.

  50. jwhitejagsquad says: Jan 24, 2016 1:04 PM

    I live in NE Ohio and listen to this station everyday. It’s nothing new for him to say absurd stuff. His son is a wwe wrestler by the way (not that it matters).

  51. theghostofottograham says: Jan 24, 2016 1:07 PM

    Being a Clevelander I’m not a fan of either. Can’t wait to read MKC’s piece discrediting him for discrediting her and the onslaught of d-words to follow!

    His last co-host, Booms, got fired for being ‘difficult’, maybe it’s Kiley’s time!

    But really Booms was and is an idiot.

  52. dmretrogames says: Jan 24, 2016 1:15 PM

    Typical leftist – shout down and silence those you disagree with.

  53. metrocritical says: Jan 24, 2016 1:17 PM

    The best way to diffuse a moron is to put him under a public spotlight. He’s now revealed a fool for all who care to listen. If people stop paying attention, the market will dictate the discipline.

  54. mediasloppy says: Jan 24, 2016 1:20 PM

    Donald Trump strategy 101… Be a loud mouth idiot, get lots of attention.

  55. dbranch65 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:24 PM

    He is right but in this day and age you can’t say that. Sad.

  56. fatguystrangler says: Jan 24, 2016 1:24 PM

    Mr. Florio not wanting to advance an agenda on PFT?
    What about the Oneida Nation’s and the anti-Redskins flap?
    Oh wait, it’s because an agenda you personally don’t agree with. I understand now. Carry on…

  57. jamesefallen says: Jan 24, 2016 1:28 PM

    “I’ve never even heard of the guy until this post.”
    ==================================
    Mission accomplished. You don’t like what he says? Don’t listen to him.

  58. j0esixpack says: Jan 24, 2016 1:28 PM

    I dunno – I kindof agree with this guy

    First you let them in football next thing you know they’ll want the right to vote!

  59. brainslicer says: Jan 24, 2016 1:29 PM

    I think you are ignoring the possibility that management at 92.3 wants the outrageous comments adn arguing/bickering between its morning hosts. I stopped listening to that morning show because it seemed constantly staged – that the two hosts (currently Ken Carmen, who fulfills the function of a rational human) were not permitted to agree with each other. So, good luck having the station discipline him. Obviously my not listening to the station will have no effect, but at least my life is a happier one without his inane comments each morning.

  60. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Jan 24, 2016 1:32 PM

    You want to discipline an inflammatory opinion-giver or giving an inflammatory opinion? Get over yourself.

  61. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 24, 2016 1:32 PM

    Because PFT would NEVER partake in shockjock opinions/articles. Right.

  62. wolverineinnc says: Jan 24, 2016 1:32 PM

    What do we expect when we have a presidential candidate who insults, makes fun of, and harasses anyone who DARES say anything remotely negative about him. Guys like this moron Kiley feel empowered to blabber any insult or stupidity they want since it’s “happening at the top.” Totally agree with mediasloppy. And it’s disgusting….

  63. gruntsinthetrenches says: Jan 24, 2016 1:33 PM

    I totally disagree with the statements by Kiley. NASA scientists were never astronauts, yet without them man would never have set foot on the Moon.
    That being said, I dont get Florio’s or Mary Kay Cabot’s take on this. They’re all for freedom of speech for their own viewpoints but they want someone elses speech curtailed by punishment ? The best thing that can happen is to let Kiley spew his venom so that others can see him for what he is. Let his listeners judge him, not Florio or Mary Kay Cabot.

  64. mikeypanic says: Jan 24, 2016 1:34 PM

    should have never fired chuckie booms

  65. heymister24 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:37 PM

    Kiley is right, how does a woman get to vote or work on NFL staff? Ya gotta be kidding me.

  66. fishyinalittledishy says: Jan 24, 2016 1:38 PM

    He should be able to say what he wants as long as it is not racist etc. He will be judged on what he says its out there forever. He had better mean what he says because there is no turning back now. Let people judge him for what he says.

  67. heymister24 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:40 PM

    A woman will vote on a guys looks and not his abilities. Kurt Warner’s wife didn’t know what a camparm was, maybe she should get a vote also.

  68. 81megatron81 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:42 PM

    Mike Florio pushing his own liberal agenda? Say it ain’t so…

    Mike is a hypocrite of the worst kind. He won’t even type REDSKINS. Let’s censor more free speech, forget the bill of rights, right?

    It’s articles like this that make me want to boycott this website. Right or wrong it doesn’t matter, free is free or at least it used to be. Now only activists get free speech.

  69. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 24, 2016 1:43 PM

    Have you seen Trump’s poll numbers lately?
    And you wonder where this morons fans come from? This kind of trash not only garners radio listeners, but might just win the White House.

  70. classicfinder says: Jan 24, 2016 1:45 PM

    He sounds like he would be a good husband and wonderful father to his daughters.

  71. classicfinder says: Jan 24, 2016 1:46 PM

    Now bring me my slippers and a drink. And when the hell is dinner?

  72. hide2411 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:48 PM

    “The only way to show Kiley and other of his ilk that it’s not acceptable is to take away the microphone, temporarily or longer.”

    No it’s not. The listeners can’t influence this?

    Also, what he says is “not acceptable?” According to what? Political correctness?

    What you’re calling for is typical liberal censorship. Don’t agree with what someone says? Silence them!

    For the record, I think the shock-jock is a d-bag.

  73. granadafan says: Jan 24, 2016 1:48 PM

    abninf says:
    Jan 24, 2016 12:12 PM
    Free speech only counts for hyper-sensitive liberals.

    Apparently, you conservatives don’t understand what free speech is about or the definition. No government agency sought to put him in jail or prosecute him for his remarks.

    Kiley was hoping for the Trump reaction. Say something completely outrageous and appeal to the lowest common denominator and their “rage”.

  74. heymister24 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:49 PM

    Mary Cabot is the same person who tweeted out that hal hunter’s dad would be the new browns offensive line coach. Mr. Hunter died years ago! Give Cabot a vote? wow.

  75. heymister24 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:51 PM

    How many women vote for the kenyan commie usurper in the white house?

  76. erikinhell says: Jan 24, 2016 1:54 PM

    Oh come on Mary Kay. If you’re really qualified to vote for HOFers, then write your article, put this guy in his place, and let the ratings decide if people really abhor his opinions. Stop calling for someone to be ‘disciplined’ if his opinion does not agree with yours. If you do your best with your reply, you should be able to figuratively ‘take his nads’ and put them on the mantle somewhere.

  77. oldbrowndawg says: Jan 24, 2016 1:55 PM

    Florio adds another zombified voice to the mob crying for this guy’s head. As a lawyer, he should know that this is a First Amendment issue. PC nonsense has filtered so deeply into the media that it has also infected the sports media. How many people have to be excoriated and fired before people understand that stifling free speech — regardless of how odious society deems it to be — is a disgraceful repudiation of the First Amendment. Read Kirsten Power’s “The Silencing” if you think I’m overstating the case. This type of bullying has to stop and it better stop soon! I spent 6 months in the old Soviet Union back in the day and am horrified every time I see censorship rear its ugly head. Come on, Florio. Review your lawschool texts on the Constitution!

  78. bonitalocal says: Jan 24, 2016 1:56 PM

    cowboylover says:
    Jan 24, 2016 12:33 PM
    For all the commenters out there– it’s Cabot not Kabot. Poster who said women are smarter then most men–the word is “than.” (Comparison). As to shock jocks–I’m a firm believer in free markets. Guys like him will be regulated to the lower ranks by the listeners, even if just by their opinions. Let him be hoist on his own pitard. (15-year-olds, look it up.)
    ———————————————————————
    …and I believe it is “hoisted”, not “hoist”, that you are looking for.
    Just sayin’.
    15-year-old.

  79. morebrocato says: Jan 24, 2016 1:57 PM

    “You want to say outlandish things, you live with the consequences, period.”

    ===========================

    This is a recipe for censorship as well… It justifies punishment (economic, social, etc.) for something said. Jail isn’t the only punishment.

    It wasn’t long ago that the Dixie Chicks had to face this while in England, and all sorts of liberals rushed to their side and acted like if anything negative happened to them, it was a sign of dark forces.

    Then you had the poor CEO of Mozilla, who was forced out after it was discovered that he merely sent money to people supporting Prop 8 in California (at the time anonymously). There they cheered.

    Now we have people saying that some poor sop that blocks railroad cars delivering dirty oil shouldn’t face consequences for their actions because they were noble.

    It’s a wondrous thing in this country where all of a sudden people see fit to declare themselves the deciders of speech worth consequences or speech worth celebrating… it’s all speech.

    Tim Tebow ‘bad’, Cam Newton ‘good’. RGIII ‘moralizer’, Arian Foster ‘brave’. Etc.

    It’s ironic, back in the 70s and 80s ultra-liberals didn’t like that there was a system where those in power get to decide what new opinions are ‘right’ and which ‘wrong’ ones need punishing. You would have thought that experience would have taught them to do something different when they got to the top of the hill.

    It’s like the opinions on hazing when polling freshmen vs seniors.

  80. nmatello says: Jan 24, 2016 2:02 PM

    1. If the FCC does not ban it, then it’s freedom of speech. 2. If you don’t like it, turn the dial.

  81. killerskrew says: Jan 24, 2016 2:09 PM

    Whether you agree with Kevin Kilkey or not, he has the right to voice his opinion. Mary Kay Cabot crying for his head is absurd, considering her history of producing fictitiously false stories to keep her employment alive. I don’t agree with political correctness in any form. If she doesn’t care for his opinion, she can feel free to listen to another station.
    Grow up Mary Kay!

  82. cdollaz says: Jan 24, 2016 2:10 PM

    An entertainer said something to drawn attention to themself.

    More news at 11.

  83. TheWizard says: Jan 24, 2016 2:10 PM

    If you’re sure you’re right, you shouldn’t feel the need to quash dissenting voices.

    I’ve had about enough of that.

  84. HankTheDog says: Jan 24, 2016 2:18 PM

    I’m sorry, but just because you don’t agree with someone or you don’t like what they say, it doesn’t mean you can demand discipline.

  85. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 24, 2016 2:20 PM

    No reason to take away his microphone. Let the free market take care of it. If people in Cleveland get annoyed enough, they’ll stop listening, ratings will go down, and he’ll be replaced.

    If they don’t stop listening, they deserve him.

  86. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 24, 2016 2:23 PM

    killerskrew says:
    Jan 24, 2016 2:09 PM
    Whether you agree with Kevin Kilkey or not, he has the right to voice his opinion. Mary Kay Cabot crying for his head is absurd, considering her history of producing fictitiously false stories to keep her employment alive. I don’t agree with political correctness in any form. If she doesn’t care for his opinion, she can feel free to listen to another station.
    Grow up Mary Kay!
    ======

    I think people are starting to lose track of what “politically incorrect” means.

    Being a knuckle dragging dinosaur with stupid opinions doesn’t make you “politically incorrect”, it makes you a knuckle dragging dinosaur with stupid opinions.

    Don’t make being stupid sound like a noble cause.

  87. lobos539 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:25 PM

    While I completely disagree with his remarks, he does have the right to state his opinion. We are too quick nowadays to want somebody disciplined because they make a statement that others find offensive. People make statements all the time that I disagree with, but I don’t go to their employer and demand that they be suspended or fired. Some of the writers at PFT have made a few of those very statements, but we don’t go calling for their head on a silver platter. It’s time to toughen up and understand that people will make comments that are stupid. It’s ok to disagree and let them know that they’re ignorant, but quit calling for everybody to get fired.

  88. rcali says: Jan 24, 2016 2:31 PM

    The fact that Cabot has a vote is a crime itself as she couldn’t be more of a clueless shill for the Browns organization. No credibility, just like Kiley.

  89. sonhoodoo says: Jan 24, 2016 2:52 PM

    I never understood why sports writers got a vote to begin with. Some certainly know how to scout players, but honestly most can’t. I wold rather coaches, ex-players and front office NFL folks make the votes.

  90. bucsorbust says: Jan 24, 2016 3:01 PM

    Mary Kay is a babe, just the same. I mean, that’s my opinion. And I’m sure she’s never considered if she’d be where she is if looked like Rosie O’Donnell. I’d say let morons be morons, and concentrate on your credibility and let that be what does the talking for you.

  91. corvusrex96 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:06 PM

    Ok everyone lets stop hyperventilating , if you don’t like what he says then don’t listen. It is really that simple. Blustering about and trying to create internet rage is quite childish

  92. billbrasky72 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:18 PM

    Media fight! You should all just duke it out Anchorman style.

  93. tbraiders says: Jan 24, 2016 3:32 PM

    No media should decide who goes in the Hall of Fame. Most of them are dumber than the average fan and many of them hold petty grudges that keep deserving players out.

  94. zabam1 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:37 PM

    This guy’s an idiot. At least he’s only half of the idiot he used to be when paired up with “Boom” (what adult needs to continue to cling to their Jr. High nickname)? Speaking of names, why is a guy with a girl’s name knocking women? His parents obviously wanted one, and then groomed one. The people of Cleveland should know that there’s only one way to get rid of this kind of trash – tune out, and deliver the ratings that are deserved.

  95. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 24, 2016 3:41 PM

    Like it or not, he is entitled to his opinion.
    She will prove herself or not with the job she does.
    best to just ignore him.

  96. ahs2 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:15 PM

    What’s “absurd” is an administrative assistant being named an NFL coach…PERIOD.

  97. realfootballfan says: Jan 24, 2016 4:33 PM

    Btw, Mary Kay Cabot is not good. My college roomate was from Cleveland and he’s slammed her over the years for being a moron. However, extrapolating that out to her gender is the kind of moronic thing that Kiley has done, and no that does not have any place anywhere in our public discourse. All he had to do was stick to the obvious, that she’s a hack and what would have sufficed. But bigots never can help themselves.

  98. audient says: Jan 24, 2016 4:51 PM

    After I heard Booms was fired, I figured Kiley wasn’t far behind. Was surprised to hear he is still on 92.3. I gave up on that station long ago, and wouldn’t have known anything about it but for this PFT article.

  99. drfeelyouup says: Jan 24, 2016 5:03 PM

    Mary Kay is respected? By who? TMZ? That broad is worse at her job than hilldog clinton

  100. cuda1234 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:14 PM

    No way a chick should be a beat writer for an NFL team. No way chicks should be in men’s lockerrooms. They already get to choose to kill their babies, what more do they want?

  101. joparks2012 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:16 AM

    “The only way to show Kiley and other of his ilk that it’s not acceptable is to take away the microphone, temporarily or longer.”

    Mike, the actual way and the free market way would be for the listeners of his station, should they be truly offended by what he says to choose to listen to another station. This would in turn drop his ratings and lower the revenue that the station receives from advertisers. Boycotting advertisers, suspending or firing Kiley are all tools that imply censorship. The people that don’t like Kiley won’t listen to him anyway and if he’s so outlandish that he insults his core audience that they go away, the problem takes care of itself. I don’t understand why the knee jerk reaction is always to censor. Let the marketplace decide which is the best way.

  102. adztheman says: Jan 25, 2016 12:51 PM

    Its Cleveland radio; the Browns are finished for the year, and this station has to give you a reason to listen…and so, this sort of stuff, which a number of their male fan base probably agree with…

    The same stuff has been tried on WEEI in Boston…

    When you don’t have the play by play rights to a lot of items, since WTAM has the Indians and the Cavaliers, you have to create heat somewhere…this is just radio trying to save itself…

  103. captainobvious says: Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    Mary Kay used to call into his show back when it was Kiley and Booms and they would practically make fun of her right to her face. The even called her out on the mistakes she makes in her articles. Then they will mimic her voice and make fun of her. This isn’t a new feud…this goes back a while. She shouldn’t be surprised of Kiley’s stance on her abilities. He might be an asshat…but he’s consistent on his opinion of women in sports. He’s also catering to a demographic of 99% men. Not only that…he probably wants to be fired so he can rejoin Booms who was fired a few months ago. I think it would be a funny idea for him to compete against Mary Kay in a sports trivia competition to see who would win. I wouldn’t be surprised if she beat him. The dude is old…and forgot more than he remembers.

  104. ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 27, 2016 4:51 PM

    Anyone from DC remember “Kiley and the Coach”? It gave you the same reaction that everyone in this week’s “X-Files” episode had…

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