MPR's Bob Collins takes cocaine shot at Jeff Dubay after Dubay calls for Kill's resignation

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Collins (left) on Dubay: "If the face of your radio station is a cocaine addict, the face of your football program can be a guy with epilepsy."
:::: UPDATE :::: Jeff Dubay blasts Bob Collins on the radio, calls him a "cheap-shot artist and a chump"

Jeff Dubay hasn't quit Twitter, as he threatened to do after taking a lot of 140-character heat for calling global warming a "left wing conspiracy" on his 1500 ESPN radio show last month. In fact, his latest Twitter imbroglio might be his most lively yet.

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Over the past day or so, Dubay has been arguing with dozens of people about his stance that following his latest on-field seizure, Gophers football coach Jerry Kill should resign (assuming his epilepsy can't be brought under control).

In making his case, Dubay cited a Star Tribune profile on Coach Kill from last month: Here's what Kill himself had to say about his seizures in that piece:
"It's not something I'm going to solve in a month," he said. "The worst thing that's ever happened to me is the Michigan State situation [when he had a seizure in the locker room at halftime during a game last season and couldn't coach the second half]. You can't be the head football coach and miss half of a game. I mean, I'm not stupid, I realize that.

"If I was doing those things, the university wouldn't have to fire me. I'd walk away if I didn't think I could do it. But that won't happen because you're talking to a guy that wasn't supposed to be here anyway."
Predictably, Dubay's stance drew the ire of some who couldn't resist the temptation to make a (tenuous) connection between Kill's struggle with epilepsy and Dubay's struggle to overcome a crack cocaine addiction: Among those taking shots of that sort was MPR news blogger Bob Collins, who tweeted this earlier today: Looks like Dubay is just going to have to get used to the crack references every time he embroils himself in controversy -- not that he should've expected anything else headed into his second crack at a sports talk radio career.

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cnerlien
cnerlien

Dubay was apparently angry that Jim Souhan was getting all of the press for this one. Sorry Jeff, you're special too. I asked your mother.

Dee Austin
Dee Austin

I guess Jeff Dubay is never allowed redemption?

Patzman Jon
Patzman Jon

good job BOB oh jeff sniff sniff what is that white on your nose.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Dubay's addiction to Twitter, as hard of a habit to break as an addiction to crack? #TweetsAreYours

justwrong
justwrong

Also missed in all this is that Aaron Rapur can't even get the name of the station Dubay is on correct.  It's 1500 ESPN.... not ESPN 1500.... like calling it the Cubs Chicago, or the Cities Twin.  Just saying...

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

I see that Bob Collins isn't the only classless piece of human garbage on the internet. There's a good handful of them here in the comments as well.

Adam Schenck
Adam Schenck

I can't stand Bob Collins; hate it when he has his annoying chats with Mary Lucia.

bcollins10
bcollins10

Yes, I know the blog world needs its page views, but this is a point that actually needs a little more attention.

As I wrote on the blog this morning:

Cocaine addiction is NOT a sin. It's a disease like any other addiction. It deserves support of people, as Dubay got (except his previous employer, for the record), he more than deserved the opportunity he now has and as a result of his very public profile, a lot of other people have learned about addiction.

Now if what you're saying is it IS a sin, he deserved to be banished, and his life played out hidden to protect our sensibilities, I would not describe that as some sort of anti-PC statement. I would just call it ignorance. And a terribly missed opportunity.

If Dubay can be the face of his program, Jerry Kill can be the face of his. I don't consider either to be anything anyone should be ashamed of.

This isn't hard, people.  The tweet isn't about Jeff Dubay not deserving to be in a good job with a great audience after a frightful battle with an illness. It's that he does. That's the point. That's the irony.

WilliamJ83
WilliamJ83

That's a terrible thing for Bob to say about Joe Soucheray!

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

Again, when I'm looking for erudition and insightful takes on social or political issues, I look first to the people who yammer angrily on the radio -- especially when their subject is sports. It also helps if they're grown men who walk around in mesh jerseys with numbers on them.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

While I'm happy for his sobriety, Jeff Dubay is still a tool. This is nothing new.

Mary Karius
Mary Karius

Dubay is an idiot, whoever gave him a radio show is a bigger idiot.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

All I know is that Dubay's skin is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too thin for Twitter. He comes off like the tough talker who would piss himself if challenged to back his words up. He calls people cowards for taking shots at his drug-addicted past, but has no problem throwing out an "asshole" reference when somebody points out his return to Twitter after a one-week hiatus is sure to get him more CP publicity. 

One thing I can say about "Puffy," when it comes to assholes, he's an authority on the subject.

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@Dee Austin If he's going to cut down hard-working people who are trying to overcome a physical condition, which that person never made a decision to try, then yeah, he makes the case for himself that he doesn't deserve redemption.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@ajlalk3 Hi, Jeff.  We don't mean it personally.  We can't mean it personally, since we don't know you personally.  You're a public persona, and you insist on having these public run-ins with people.  Hence the public reactions.

Onan
Onan

@Adam Schenck  - Then don't listen?

cnerlien
cnerlien

@Jeff Metzen Or time to follow him, because that sort of ignorance is just plain entertaining.

T.S.Moody
T.S.Moody

@bcollins10 I remember when you stuck up for Dubay, immediately following reports alleging that he was arrested for possession, in that people were ruining his career before he had his legal due process.  You're a principled man, Mr. Collins, and I respect the hell out of you.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@bcollins10 Nobody said it was a "sin." On the other hand, one has to - as a non-addict -- snorkle some blow or torch up a pipe before one becomes an addict. Usually, they have to do so many times.

At some point, we have to put this stuff in perspective: people trying to overcome addictions need help and support, but addiction isn't a precise analog to actual diseases. Jerry Kill didn't experiment with minor forms of recreational epilepsy before graduating to a more severe case. He did nothing to bring it on.

All this said, I think it was clear enough (to me, anyway) what you were trying to say.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@Jaycob Martin Maybe so, but when he's right, he's right.

bcollins10
bcollins10

@Jaycob Martin  Pfft. Lucky guess.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@mitchell39  "Experiment with minor forms of recreational epilepsy..."  Fantastic quote.  I actually did just that 25 years ago or so.  Had a couple of seizure episodes for who-knows-what reason.  The issue hasn't returned, whatever it was. Could have been lingering after-effects of a number of shots to the head as a high school athlete, or from a car accident I was in.  A neurologist couldn't tell me.  Fortunately for me, my susceptibility to having another seizure episode is now back to the same as it is for anyone in their life, which I was told was 1 in 4.

It's particularly dangerous for Jeff Dubay to get full of himself and have these confrontational episodes.  Having had a little experience with that set of interconnected issues as well, it's far more dangerous for a man with Mr. Dubay's proclivities than it is for most people. And it's a bad idea for anyone.

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