Danyelle Sargent guested on Dan Patrick’s radio show today to give her side of the story about the Bill Walsh-Mike Singletary interview debacle.
(Clip reposted - for now)
Sargent, who acknowledged that she was nervous about her first NFL sideline reporting gig, said the question she intended to ask Singletary was, “I heard he (Bill Walsh) was one of the first phone calls you made when you decided you wanted to get into coaching. … I didn’t even realize I misspoke. … We did it again and it went fine.”
Amazingly, Sargent didn’t hear about the fallout until she flew into Los Angeles from San Francisco the next day: “I still didn’t know what had happened until the next morning until I got a text message from someone saying, ‘hang in there.’”
She then called the messenger and found out what had happened: “I never saw the clip I tried to avoid the internet like the plague for the 5-6 hours after I found out.“
By the way, this is the same Sargent who dropped an F-bomb as an anchor on ESPN News, something she also discussed with Patrick.
Though she presented a cheerful, almost breezy personality throughout the interview, she did make her displeasure known when it came to Mike Francesa’s airing of the Singletary interview clip: “I have worked hard and I’ve been at Fox for two years. And I do a really hard highlight show and I do it by myself.
“And it’s two years of working hard and doing a great job on that show … it’s basically torn down by 30 seconds of someone deciding, in my opinion, being malicious and put something like that on-air to make me look stupid.” (audio link)
It’s amusing to hear Sargent say Francesa was malicious for merely airing something she said. But as we all know, there are plenty of “Anchorman” moments that never make air, which is probably the root of Sargent’s incredulous response.