CB Exclusive: Jeremy Roenick Defends His Comments About Philly Fans

Screen Shot 2011-09-15 at 2.48.25 PMPhoto: OfficialJeremyRoenick.com

After appearing on Jay Mohr’s ridiculous, soon-to-be canceled TV show, Jeremy Roenick took to his Twitter account to defend himself. His responses to fans were defensive, to say the least. 

Thanks to one well-connected reader, I was able to get a hold of Roenick. We first exchanged two emails, in which I presented myself as a Philly blogger and told him that we would like to get his point of view on the matter. I explained the Philly fans' frustration with his comments. His response was similar to what you can read on his Twitter account (@Jeremy_Roenick). He believes the quotes were taken out-of-context and the show was edited in a way that made it seem like he was agreeing with Mohr, when, in reality, he was defending Philly fans:

Do u know anything about tv. If u don't its called editing. I said during the show I loved phili fans but they r crazy. U can't argue that. Did u here me agree w jay mohr???? I don't think u did. He said it he made the decision and u don't get the entire dialogue during a show after its edited. Its embarrassing after watching the show how u and some phili fans r blowing this so far out of proportion is crazy. What came out of MY MOUTH was not derogatory to phili fans. Jay mohr hates phili and its his show that he edited. Not me. Bitch slap jay for what he said a nd portrayed in the show. All of u close minded phili only or die fans r totally rediculous and unreasonable. I have never bashed phili fans and how come nobody says way to go JR when I praise and boast about phili fans being the most passionate supportive of their own team kind of town!! Which is A LOT!! Not gonna waste my time w this crap anymore. Total waste of energy especially when some people are 100% unreasonable 

 

I had sent along my phone number in the initial email and asked to speak with him in an on-the-record interview. After sending the above email, he decided to give me a call. This is that phone call.

Full disclosure: I had no idea he was going to call and was not prepared to record our interview. As you can hear, it was difficult to get a word in during the first five minutes of the call, but I did ask Roenick to pause while I got to my computer. For that reason, the audio quality is sub-par.

There are only slight edits (the parts where we talked over each other)… I didn’t want to take Jeremy out of context.

Be careful if you are at work… there are quite a few F-bombs in here. Listen to the interview after the jump.

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61 Responses

  1. “…the black guy that was next to me…” – best line of the conversation.
    He actually sounds reasonable in his argument, just doesn’t portray himself well with the talking over you, complete lack of grammatical ability.

  2. Well, if he didn’t bash Philly on the Jay Mohr show (why does such a thing exist?), he did a great job in his email. Sometimes saying less says more, JR.

  3. What he doesn’t get is the fact that he was on a show which bashed Philly. We don’t give a crap about the other 3 guys because we have no connection to them so of course we would go after the guy we thought was “passionate” for us.
    He should have came right out on Tweeter n said he was taken out of context, he loves us and it was all editing n no way would he be bashing us.

  4. honestly i watched the clip and its clear the segment was edited like crazy. Plus anyone that knows anything about hockey knows that roenick loved playing in Philly. He loves the city and the fans. Actually think this was pretty irresponsible of CB to start this. We are crazy and that is a compliment.

  5. I like how in the phone call with JR you said “The average Philly fan” like you’re some Philly fan deity and that “the average fan just sees tv and sees what you say and doesn’t think about stuff being edited”. In your very post about the TV show you were the one that started it all up and got fired up over it and tried to instigate stuff. You are such a damn hypocrite and will do anything for readers. I can’t believe that the people that voted for you as best blog don’t see what a scumbag you are and how you are a terrible journalist. Get out of your mom’s basement and join the real world.

  6. If nothing else, he should understand why the Santa incident bothers Philadelphia fans so much. He’s also gotta realize that, even though in retrospect it might be obviously edited, initial viewing made it sound like he was agreeing with Mohr and “that black guy”. He could have come on and stated his case without being so defensive.
    Also, who sends emails like that? I can barely stand that kind of grammar on forums and texting.

  7. Dude, I actually believe JR. Aside from the fact that he completely loves himself, JR cared enough to make the call and try to explain himself. Gotta respect that.

  8. ok well then it was irresponsible for puck daddy to start this and irresponsible for cb to pick it up afterward. dude jay mohr eats dick sandwiches. fuck him and his show. jr has done nothing but rep philly since he left. thats not news.
    schmoopy is right. roenick called you. and he has been responding nonstop to the twitter violence trying to defend himself. you think if he didnt give a shit about philly or the fans or how we think of him he’d be doing any of that. nah.

  9. A few comments here.
    #1) This is both hysterical and tragic for JR all at the same time.
    #2) He is missing the fact that we are making a mountain over a molehill; we don’t really care.
    #3) JR, please hire PR
    #4) Kyle, nice work.

  10. JR is trying to come out as a good guy that’s why he is defending himself. It has nothing to do with his love for anyone, other than himself and how he wants to be regarded by us “Philli” fans.
    You should have at least thrown one ‘you mad bro?’ statements as a rebuttal to him.

  11. also went back and checked.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Jeremy-Roenick-Philadelphia-fans-are-8216-cra?urn=nhl-wp12499
    not sure that constitutes what I meant by “starting it” – Puck Daddy just says that we are crazy s.o.b.’s not annoying or anything else derogatory. The Domi example i think is evidence of roenicks love for us. But honestly I dont really give a shit aside from the fact that people dont get a distorted view of roenick and that this silly shit doesnt tarnish his legacy. dude is a philly legend who left it all out there every night. itd be a shame for jay fucking mohr to fuck with that.

  12. It was definitely irresponsible “journalism” (and I use that word lightly) to even attack Roenick over his comments in the first place. Anyone who ever watched him play here and saw the way he treated the fans should have NO doubt at all about the way he feels about Philadelphia. Why should he or any athlete have to waste their time defending themselves against sensational journalism? This blog certainly doesn’t speak for the educated fan who is smart enough to judge a player for how he represents his team on the ice.

  13. Jeremy Roenick redeemed himself to me, he speaks exactly how it is, he gets it, he was misinterpreted by moronic Mohr…..he gets clean slate.
    Hes a great passionate guy, and I think I would react as he did, hes mad to be misconstrued…..I hear that and agree….hes still a class act, I love the passion.

  14. He also completely 110% described Philly fans, so no one hear can hate him on this…although its a bit funny to be calling him out on this…I am glad Kyle and CB are giving him the final word….stupid TV and editing out FACTS again….
    GO JR, your good man!

  15. Good to hear that JR actually does like us, but this whole thing is a train wreck none the less. I don’t get why people live and die with what he thinks. PS, he needs to learn how to type, I don’t take typing like that seriously…ever.

  16. The things he’s saying now are really just an afterthought to what he said on the show.
    Plus, it was about voting Philadelphia fans the worst, which he did agree with.

  17. If you rewatch the clip from that bogus show, JR is pretty much sitting there the entire time not saying much. Bad editing by a rookie editor. Could have done better.

  18. Who ever posted that disgusting f all phili fans posing as me is disgusting and should be taken down. I didn’t write that. JR

  19. Yeah, this show is going to be canceled in a minute. And as for you, JR, you were dead to us when you cried after the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Go to hell, you ungrateful prick. -Kyle Scott, in his blog, 9/14/2011
    And now you’re sucking him off because you can. Nice.

  20. this is hilarious. JR is the man yet at the same time im still bitter about him crying and what he said. never forget watching kapanen get back to the bench after getting railed and then JR goes and scores the OT winner. basically JR was a great hockey player and a great flyer and a fan favorite but now he should watch what he says.

  21. JR has always had nothing but nice, positive passionate appreciation for Flyers fans and Philly in general, there is no reason for him to think otherwise now, other than being taken out of context and Jay M. being a douchbag. He has every right to feel a bit defensive when attacked. Philly loved JR and JR loved Philly. Period.

  22. JR is a Blackhawk – always will be. He gave us a couple good years – but he was never a Flyer. Just like Primeau was never a Flyer. Doesn’t make them bad guys, or even bad players (actually both were pretty damn good). But the real Flyers just never say things like this – and they most certainly wouldn’t send the defensive email above (and while we are on the email – what’s up with the spelling and grammar?). Kind of weak, and not really worth the time.

  23. Crossingbroad.com like the700level.com that tries too hard. Follow the700level if you want to follow a real blog without a princess behind the wheel.

  24. Truth, I’m sure everyone’s heard of the700level. Maybe you should write an entry on the site declaring your disdain for CB?

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