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Monday, August 24th, 2020

BILL BELICHICK ON COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND CAM NEWTON; SHAQUILLE O’NEAL ON LUKA DONČIĆ — QUOTES FROM THE RICH EISEN SHOW ON PEACOCK & NBCSN

“If any of us makes a bad decision, we know there could be consequences for not only ourselves but for all of the people around us, and vice versa…Players have taken a very serious and diligent approach to doing the right things.” – Bill Belichick on the Patriots’ approach to COVID-19 protocols

“I’m not surprised to see him come over here and do stuff like that because the gap between European and American basketball isn’t like it was in 1992 or 1996.” – Shaquille O’Neal on Luka Dončić‘s success in the NBA

“Unless you create a bubble, you can’t keep the virus out…It’s hard to completely sequester them in college sports.” – David Shaw on factors in the Pac-12’s decision to suspend fall athletics

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 24, 2020 – Host Rich Eisen was joined on today’s episode of The Rich Eisen Show on Peacock and NBCSN by:

    • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick
    • Basketball Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal
    • San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle
    • Stanford football head coach David Shaw
    • Actor Tony Shalhoub

 

Peacock will become The Rich Eisen Show’s exclusive video home on Oct. 5.

Following are highlights from The Rich Eisen Show on NBCSN:

Bill Belichick on the Patriots’ approach to COVID-19 protocols: “It’s really been a collective team effort…We all realize that we’re all in this together — for ourselves, for each other, for our families. If any of us makes a bad decision, we know there could be consequences for not only ourselves but for all of the people around us, and vice versa. So, I think that the players have taken a very serious and diligent approach to doing the right things.”

Belichick on signing QB Cam Newton: “We wanted to add competition. We always try to add competition to our team, and we felt like we’d be able to do that. He was very open to talking about and working with our situation…It’s been fun to work with him. He’s a very talented player with a unique skillset.”

Belichick on one NFL rule he would change if he could: “I think probably the one thing that is worth looking at is just the college pass interference rules. I know why it is what it is, and I also know why it’s different in college and you can argue both sides of it, but it’s a big penalty. Sometimes those are just tough calls, so I think that’s worth looking at. I’d just say in general, I would be in favor of the NCAA and the NFL trying to consolidate the rulebook where we can have as many rules be the same as possible.”

Shaquille O’Neal on Luka Dončić: “He’s a great player…This kid was able to be a professional at 15, 16 years old. That should tell you something about his makeup, that should tell you something about his heart. So, I’m not surprised to see him come over here and do stuff like that because the gap between European and American basketball isn’t like it was in 1992 or 1996 when you’re playing the Dream Team. It’s very, very close.”

O’Neal on Joel Embiid: “If you want to win, you definitely have to do more in this league. It can be done, and if you want to be one of the greats and you want to win a championship, you have to do it…Sometimes you just have to look in the mirror and say, ‘Ok, what can I do?’ Because when you’re a superstar, when you’re the main focal point, all the praise comes to you and all the blame comes to you.”

O’Neal on his relationship with Kobe Bryant: “For all the people who really think we hated each other, I always tell them, after my first championship there were 100,000 people at Staples Center, who was the first guy to run and jump into my arms? We had our arguments, some disagreements. What brothers don’t? What business partners don’t…The respect was always there.”

George Kittle on if he feels comfortable with the COVID-19 protocols at the 49ers facility: “I think what we’re doing right now is incredible…They do such a great job with the distancing and really they’ve outfitted the entire facility for this. They made it as normal as possible…I do feel safe and I know a lot of the other guys feel safe.”

Kittle on if he thinks the NFL will play a full season: “I think it all depends on how seriously the teams and the players take it. You have to kind of shut out the outside distraction more than you would in a normal season, and it’s going to definitely change the livelihoods of a lot of the people in the NFL. I guess at the end of the day, you just have to be responsible…I think if all the teams and all the players do that, one hundred percent there’s going to be a season.”

David Shaw on if he agrees with the Pac-12’s decision to not play fall sports: “Unequivocally. Absolutely agree…A lot of people forget, we all started this process way back in March and April with two questions: can we do this and should we do this? And we got to the point to where it was really hard to answer both of those questions as the season was rapidly approaching.”

Shaw on factors that played into the Pac-12’s decision: “Unless you create a bubble, you can’t keep the virus out. Our student-athletes, in particular, engage with society and engage on their campuses. It’s hard to completely sequester them in college sports…We can’t do what the NFL is doing to test every single student-athlete in every single sport every single day from now through the entire fall semester. That is a really difficult thing.”

Shaw on the possibility of a college football season beginning January 1: “Nobody really knows. I think it would be great. I think we’d have to do it with some common sense. The later we start, the shorter the season has to be, in my opinion, in order to not adversely affect the fall of ‘21.”

Tony Shalhoub on attending Packers games at Lambeau Field as a child: “I just have this memory of going to these really, really brutally cold games and loving every minute of it. I still love going to the cold games.”

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