Both Sides of Missanelli Homphobic-Gate Don't Justify His Actions

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Earlier this afternoon, I gave my thoughts on how a Deadspin story showing 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli using gay slurs in a chain of e-mails with an unhappy listener, showed how using homophobic slurs still is very prevalent in the world of sports and sports media.

I did that story, without knowing what was said to Missanelli, to lead him to using the slurs. Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad followed up on the story this afternoon, piecing together that the person Missanelli was e-mailing with went by the name “JJ”, and getting his side of the e-mails.

You can read the full transcript of the conversation between the two here, which seems to stretch for a good period of time, and address a variety of topics.

Deadspin provided us with a partial transcript, that read like this.

From: [redacted]
To: [email protected]

I’m sure your radio bosses love that their host expresses bigotry and tosses around gay slurs. Hahaha. You’re lucky that I dont care enough to get you fired and am too busy with other things. I NEVER listen to your show, btw.

From: [email protected]
To: [redacted]

And if you dont think that abnormal behavior is someone who listens four hours a day to a guy he suppoedly loathes and then wastes more time sending abusive emails under fake names, then more power to you. I would first deal with your latent homosexuality problem.

From: [redacted]
To: [email protected]

Let’s see. I called you an unmarried 60 year old who lives alone and hangs on to the same girlfriend. Tell me what I am incorrect about. (Did you really just call me a homosexual three emails in a row? What is wrong with you? I could get you fired if I wanted. But you’re a nice enough guy that I wont.)

From: [email protected]
To: [redacted]

Hahaha. Bro, you have no idea about my life. That’s what’s really amusing. And yet, I know about your life based on you wasting four hours a day obsessing about my show and taking the time to make up fake names and send abuive e-mails. Hahaha. You are an obsessive, latent homosexual weird-o who fixes computers. Hahaha. So .

From: [redacted]
To: [email protected]

I dont even listen to your show. Your several homosexual insults indicate a great hatred towards the gay community. It might be time to open your eyes and stop being closed-minded.

From: [email protected]
To: [redacted]

Don’t hate gay people at all. Just think you should come out of the closet. You have an obsession with me.

From: [redacted]
To: [email protected]

Let me ask you. Why do you hate gay people? You know it’s the year 2013?

From: [email protected]
To: [redacted]

Dude, you are without question a latent homosexual. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. You have an obsession with me. I just think you need to deal with it.

As much as “JJ” doesn’t seem like the type of guy that you would want your daughter to bring home, and appears to have the maturity level of a 12 year-old, there is still no excuse for Missanelli to use gay slurs. Isn’t this the classic case where your mom would tell you to ignore it and take the high road?

You can read my extensive thoughts on the situation and how we need to cut homophobia out of sports here. 

Tags: 97.5 The Fanatic Mike Missanelli

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