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Mike Tirico's wife Debbie Tirico might be the only woman who knew him in the 1990's that still likes him. I know what you're thinking: Mike Tirico? How could you say such a thing about this congenial, ultra-pro broadcaster? Nope, according to everyone who worked for ESPN in the 90's, Tirico was the opposite of a pro. I'm talking big time sexual harassment. Such was the corporate culture of ESPN in the 90's. I'll get to that in just a moment...
First, let's get it straight about Debbie Tirico, the wife of Mike. She seems like a good person. She attends benefits and charity events (as the good sports wife handbook clearly iterates every sports wife must do). I kid, of course, there is no such book, but attending charity events is certainly a pattern among the good eggs in the world of sports wives. Also, calling Debbie a sports wife is sort of a stretch, as Mike really, really doesn't look like he could hang with anyone on the gridiron.
I wonder how Mike's wife reacted when Michael Freeman revealed what he did at a party shortly after his hiring. He'd been working at ESPN a year, and at a get-together at somebody's house he approached some hot chick and hit on her. She flatly rebuffed him and then told him to "fuck off" after he kept chasing her around the party. When the time came to leave, 'ole Mikey boy forced her to stop her car, reached inside the car and grabbed her between her legs! Holy jumpin' shitballs, Mike. You're lucky that woman didn't dropkick your pudgy butt across the driveway! I say that because there was another incident in which a different woman who'd been terrorized by Slimy Mike told him to his face that she would "kick his ass if he ever did that again." Seriously, what does Debbie Tirico say about these stories? "That's my Mikey!" Queue goofy sitcom laugh track.
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Let's get Bermanized! Say what you want, but there is only one BermDog. Chris Berman's wife Kathy Berman has just got to let it ride. In other words, let Berman be Berman. I can't help but be curious about the nature of this relationship. This couple has been together for a long, long time. They were married in 1983 (when I was born). Berman is notoriously volatile, and some would say his these-guys-have-all-the-fun style extends into the realm of Ladyland. In so many words, he's no angel.
By all accounts, Kathy Berman is a kind woman and loving mother. Their daughter Meredith is herself a lovely young woman. She reportedly works at a low-level job for the New England Patriots, prompting some to speculate (wrongly) that Berman favors the Patriots. There was a small media scoff surrounding Berman's ability to get a Tom Brady interview and the potential conflict of interest because Meredith works for the Patriots, but that's frankly nonsense. Tom Brady is not exactly JD Salinger. The guy gives interviews. Chris's wife Kathy is likely very happy her daughter works for the Patriots organization- great group of people that they are.
Now, I don't want to start taking easy hacks at Kathy's man here. That's like swinging a katana in a watermelon field. The man has got stories stacked on top of stories, and even Chris' wife Kathy must partly want the "you're with me, leather" story to be true. I mean, come on. The Berm walks into a bar, utters the infamous line, and the lady is instantly stolen away from a would-be suitor. If Bermdog hadn't found himself in the center of the sportscasting world, he would've made a fine used car salesman and part-time bar frequenter. Recently, of course, Berman tried to "weigh in" on the Ray Rice fiasco, but the blocking of a punt interrupted his ramblings.
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UPDATE 09/19/2014: Details have started to emerge in the incident involving multiple injuries to Jonathan Dwyer's wife Kayla Dwyer.
According to official court documents, Jonathan is alleged to have head butted his wife in the face, breaking her nose in the process. The incident took place as Jonathan "attempted to kiss her and remove her clothing." After telling him to stop without success, Kayla Dwyer allegedly bit his lip, which caused the headbutt.
Kayla Dwyer left the home, but returned after he texted a picture with a knife and threatened to kill himself. The report continues that "She said he had threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she alerted the police to the assault."
The following day the couple fought again, where Dwyer is alleged to have punched her in the face. As the argument ensued, Dwyer picked up a shoe and threw it at their 17 month old child, hitting him in the stomach. When trying to call police, Dwyer took her phone and threw it out the second story window of their home.
Dwyer has admitted to two arguments, including details such as being bit on the lip, punching walls, and texting the suicidal photo with a knife. He denies all physical assault caused by him.
The Cardinals running back has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list for the remainder of the season. No court date has been set yet.
According to multiple reports, Jonathan Dwyer's wife Kayla Dwyer was the victim of domestic violence in two separate incidents, ultimately leading to the running back's arrest.
According to police reports, Dwyer allegedly assaulted his wife Kayla at their home on July 21, only to return and do the same on July 22. Police list two victims in the assaults, his 27 year old wife and their 18 month old child. The assaults have reportedly led to multiple broken bones, though unclear which, and who suffered the breaks.
Kayla Dwyer left the state of Arizona with their son shortly after the altercations.
Interestingly, a police report was not filed for nearly two months, until September 11, 2014. It could be inferred that with all the media swirling around the domestic violence incidents involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, a victim may have potentially felt empowered to report her own suffering.
Jonathan Dwyer has been interviewed by police, but denies any physical assault. He is currently being booked on 6 charges, including assault, aggravated assault causing a fracture, aggravated assault involving a minor, criminal damage and preventing the use of phone in an emergency. The Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer and banned him from team facilities and all functions while the process plays out.
Jonathan and Kayla Dwyer were married September, 2012 and have one child, Jonathan Dwyer Jr. Dwyer once talked about his family saying,
Those two people are my motivation every day to do what I’ve got to do. They make me wake up every day and go work my butt off.
We will withhold commentary until the facts come out and a resolution is found. And when they do, we anticipate having plenty to say.