A 4-part interview — The Jen Royle lawsuit (Part 4)

January 12, 2012 | Drew Forrester

RL — Did the jokes and jabs at Jen Royle go overboard?

DF — I don’t know, did they?  I can say they didn’t, you can say they did.  That’s a matter of opinion, obviously. Is Miller Lite better than Coors Light?  Is Coke better than Pepsi?  Does Saturday Night Live go overboard?  Maybe they do, sometimes.  They were awfully hard on Sarah Palin for a year or so, but I think they did it to prove a point.

RL — What point?

DF — That she was a goof and had no business entertaining the notion of running our country.  They were offended by that idea, so much so that she became a target of a lot of their spoofs and skits.  So what I mainly did was follow that Saturday Night Live path, not intentionally by any means.  I did some spoofs and skits in my Friday blog that tried to remind people that this person isn’t really devoted to Baltimore sports.  She’s just not, at least in my opinion, anyway.  As I said to her once on Twitter, “you’re a professional tourist and you’ll be gone in two years while I’m still here working”.  And that was the truth as I believed it.  She never really wanted to make Baltimore her home and weave herself into the fabric of the community she was talking with every day.  That’s my opinion, anyway.

RL — So you’d say “no” to the question of whether or not you and the others might have gone overboard?

DF — I can only speak for myself.  You can judge it for yourself. I told you what I did and why I did it.  If you think I went after her too much, that’s fine by me. But I’ll just say that I was protecting my turf as someone who grew up loving and following Baltimore sports and now covers it for a living.  To me, and this is just my opinion, there’s an authenticity level that you earn – like a merit badge, to borrow a Boy Scout term – by growing up in Baltimore and knowing who Rich Dauer was and who Roger Carr was and who Stan Stamenkovic was and who Gene Ubriaco was.  And then, maybe I took on a self-appointed role as a bit of a watchdog for people in town who were tired of hearing her talk about Boston and New York and slamming Maryland and Baltimore along the way.  If I took a job in Pittsburgh and went on the radio and started talking about how overrated Terry Bradshaw was and commented in detail on the history of Pittsburgh sports and made opinions on those details, I’d expect people up there to say, “Who the f**k are you to talk about Pittsburgh sports?  You didn’t grow up here.  You have no frame of reference at all.”

RL — And she just announced a few days ago she’s leaving Baltimore and heading back to Boston.  I guess you’d say “good riddance”, right?

DF — No, not really.  We all knew this day would come at some point, sooner rather than later.  She’s making the right move.  She knows that.  Boston is her home, like Baltimore is my home.  She wants to go back there and continue her journey.  That’s where she belongs.  She clearly doesn’t belong here.  But I wouldn’t say “good riddance”.  I would simply say, “Bye”. (Please see next page)