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John Clayton, Longtime ESPN Football Reporter Dubbed ‘The Professor,’ Dies at 67

John Clayton, the longtime ESPN football reporter nicknamed “The Professor” for his breadth of knowledge about the NFL, died Friday in Washington state after a brief undisclosed illness, his family told ESPN.

“His wife Pat and sister Amy were at his side and communicated earlier he passed peacefully after a brief illness,” his longtime ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen tweeted. “We loved John. We are mourning his loss.”

Clayton’s five-decade career began when he was still a senior at Duquesne University, hired by the Pittsburgh Press to cover the Steelers. But he rose to prominence in his 20-plus years at ESPN, where his bespectacled appearance and encyclopedic knowledge of football won him wide admiration.

After leaving ESPN in 2017, he spent the last five seasons spent as a sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks Radio Network and hosted the “John Clayton Weekend” show on Seattle Sports 710. Just 10

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LeBron James heckler dubbed ‘Courtside Karen’ apologizes

The Atlanta Hawks fan LeBron James dubbed “Courtside Karen” after a high-profile heckling incident Monday has apologized for her outburst.

She’s also been cleared to return to Hawks games along with the rest of her party that got kicked out of Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Hawks conducted an investigation into the incident and will not ban the four fans who were ejected on Monday from future games.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is shown against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
LeBron James’ Hawks heckler issued an apology on Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of Monday’s Lakers win and prompted officials to halt play and call security when fans with sideline seats got heated with James. Juliana Carlos was particularly vocal and appeared to give James a middle-finger salute upon her ejection from State Farm Arena along with her husband and another couple.

She also dropped her mask

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