CHICAGO (CBS) — Sun-Times sports columnist Joe Cowley called into Matt Spiegel this morning to settle a simmering dispute between the two.
And, it got pretty intense.
To set the stage: Spiegs had accused Cowley of favoring White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen in his ongoing battle with General Manager Kenny Williams.
Cowley told Spiegel on Friday that Williams bears most of the blame for the crumbling relationship, saying that while Guillen hasn’t changed, Williams has “gone Hollywood.”
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However, Cowley said he doesn’t hate Williams–although he acknowledged that Williams is no longer returning his messages.
“If I hated Ken Williams .. if I wanted to blow him up, with his personal life, he knows I can blow him up,” said Cowley, who then referred to “a whole mess of Kenny Williams stuff.”
Cowley strongly denied playing favorites. He went on to say that it is only his job to seek and report the truth and that he has “owned” the story.
The Spiegs-Cowley verbal cage match on Friday first started with a Twitter battle earlier in the week, when Spiegel said Cowley was essentially being used by Guillen as the Sox manager tries to curry favor with Jerry Reinsdorf.
After the show, Spiegel tweeted: